Frank Lloyd Wright

A view of furniture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and recently acquired by the Huntington. (Huntington Library / October 19, 2012)

Thirteen pieces of furniture designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright have been acquired by the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. The organization said that the furniture has been on display since 2009 as part of a long-term loan from the prominent New York collectors Joyce and Erving Wolf.

The purchase was made directly from the Wolfs, according to the Huntington. It declined to say how much it paid for the furniture. Funds for the acquisition came from the Huntington's Virginia Steele Scott Acquisition Fund for American Art.   

Lloyd Wright designed the furniture in the set for various interiors. He designed the nine-piece dining room suite in 1899 for the Husser House in Chicago, according to the Huntington. He created a reclining chair for the Arthur Heurtley House in Oak Park, Ill. 

A spokeswoman for the Huntington said that the lenders had always intended to sell the pieces at some point, "so when we had the opportunity to acquire them, and secure them forever, we seized it." 

The acquisition comprises four chairs plus the nine-piece dining set.

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