Open-arm upholstered armchair with serpentine top back, has curved arms that terminate in scrolls. Arm supports and legs are turned. Front legs have an ornately carved stretcher between them. Front and back legs have turned stretchers. Chair is upholstered in light fabric with widely scattered flowers in shades of pale red and green. Brass upholstery tacks hold fabric in place around the front and back arm supports.
Chair belonged to George and Willa Morrison, who married in 1911. A classically trained violist, George Morrison (1891 - 1974) directed Denver's first jazz orchestra and recorded with Columbia Records in New York in the 1920s. Shortly afterward, the orchestra traveled to Europe where they toured and gave a command performance for King George and Queen Elizabeth of England whose son Edward was a lover of jazz. On return to America, the group toured with the Pantages Circuit, a booking agency that took the group to major cities west of the Mississippi River. George and Willa had two young children and George gave up touring to bring his music to Denver and other nearby cities. He was a favorite with Denver's social elite and was the only African American allowed to play at Lakewood Amusement Park's ballroom. He also gave musical instruction to numerous Denver students of the years. Among his musicians to gain national fame were Andy Kirk, Jimmy Lunceford, and Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Oscar for her supporting role as Mammy in "Gone With the Wind" in 1940.
Morrison's professional contacts in the jazz world brought many well-known jazz performers Denver as they traveled from Chicago, St. Louis, and New Orleans to California. Morrison found local homes where the traveling musicians could stay since Denver hotels would not provide accommodations to African Americans.