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Lucien Henry Chair



Project name

Lucien Henry chair


Powerhouse Museum


Furniture Conservation


Lucien Henry, a French Australian artist working in Sydney during the 1880s and 90s was one of the first artists to base his work on Australian flora and fauna. In 2001, the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney staged a major exhibition on Henry's work entitled "Visions of a Republic". Within Henry's surviving designs are watercolours of this chair in three elvations. ICS were commissioned by the Powerhouse to realise the design with its witty use of lyrebirds and waratahs. The resulting chair was formally accessioned into the Museum's collection. 

ICS conservator Vladimir Tsurkan undertook this unusual project.


  • Design and fabricate chair based on original drawings and elevations
  • Carve decorative elements
  • Paint and gild in appropriate colour scheme 
  • Produce needlework seat