The Canada 150 Auction

June 27, 2017

LOT 666

Lot 666

Arthur James Donahue (1917-1996)

Arthur James Donahue (1917-1996)
Lot 666 Details
Arthur James Donahue (1917-1996)


laminated wood with leather upholstery on iron frame
25" x 36" — 63.5 x 91.4 cm.

Estimate $500-$700

Realised: $3,840
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Born in Saskatchewan, Donahue showed an interest and aptitude for design from a young age. At Harvard University, where he earned his masters, he was strongly influenced by Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius and the ‘International Style’. His innovations and designs using materials such as fiberglass and bent plywood influenced others in the industry such as Charles Eames, whose DAR series of chairs reflect one of Donahue’s early, unproduced designs.

The Winnipeg Chair (also known as the ‘Canadian Coconut’ chair) was originally produced in the basement of his Winnipeg home with the help of his students from the University of Manitoba, where he was professor of architectural design. It originally sold for $35 at The Hudson’s Bay Company.


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LOT 666

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

Note: Condition ratings and condition details are the subjective opinions of our specialists and should be used as a guide only. Waddington’s uses due care when preparing condition details, however, our staff are not professional restorers or conservators. Condition details and reports are not warranties and each lot is sold “as is” in accordance with the buyer’s terms and conditions of sale. In all cases the prospective purchaser is responsible for inspecting the property themselves prior to placing a bid.