Secretaire, Davidhazy Furniture Studio
Medium:Yew Wood, Black Lacquer, and Gold Leaf
Height: 63 in
Width: 35 in
Depth: 18.5 in
A hand crafted cabinet made of yew wood, black lacquer, and gold leaf with intricate oriental design and embellishment.
This secretaire, acquired directly from the Hungarian-American artist Frank Davidhazy, is an example of late 20th century furniture handcrafted in Grand Rapids. Frank J. Davidhazy was born in Hungary in 1901 and emigrated to the United States at age ten. He worked as an apprentice, hand-decorating furniture for W.J. Sloane Co. while attending classes at Cooper-Union School. Davidhazy came to Grand Rapids, “Furniture City”, from New York in 1922 to take a position as head artist and stylist at Robert W. Irwin Furniture Co. In 1956, Frank J. Davidhazy and his son opened the Davidhazy Furniture Studio, where he created custom-decorated furniture until his retirement in 1988. This particular secretaire is done in the chinoiserie style, which is recurring theme in European artistic styles since the seventeenth century, which reflect Chinese artistic influences.