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A historic New Mexican wood and

leather side chair, possibly

by Abad E. Lucero, c. 1950’s-60’s



This beautifully-crafted New Mexican side chair has a somewhat unusually-shaped back and a very interestingly designed and built leather seat. These characteristics along with the carved wooden spindles on the back and legs as well as the finish on the wood reminds us of the work of the famed New Mexico furniture maker and teacher, Abad E. Lucero, (1909-2009) who was recently the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at The National Hispanic Cultural Center Museum in Albuquerque, NM.


Since the chair is not signed, we’ll never really know, but

it easily could be an unsigned piece made by Abad Lucero himself or possibly a piece made by one of his many followers, students or admirers. Lucero taught furniture making in Taos for many years, and he completed a number of major commissions in conjunction with his students, and, in the process, influenced an entire generation of New Mexico woodworkers.


Regardless of who made it, this chair is a real beauty and in excellent original condition for its age with a few marks to the leather. It measures 34” in height, 18 1/2” in maximum width, and 16” in depth. The seat is 18” in height measured from the floor. This is a classic, yet distinctly modern-looking piece which would be perfectly at home in virtually any decor.



Price $675



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