Hudleson Dresser

Traditions Made Modern®


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Samuel Francis Hudleson taught “industrial arts” for the Indian Services on several reservations before coming to Santa Fe in 1912 to work on renovating the historic Palace of the Governors. In 1921 after completing the renovation, Hudleson joined the Museum of New Mexico as building superintendent, where he remained until 1941. Hudleson was a gifted furniture maker. Not only did he build several furniture pieces for the Museum, he also had a successful side business making custom furniture for many wealthy locals. Because of his work with the Indian Services and time spent in the Southwest, Hudelson observed and appreciated Native art. He adapted and incorporated many Native symbols into his furniture resulting in a distinct and much sought after style.

The original Hudleson piece that inspired this dresser is a tall carved chest. The chest features carved Pueblo Indian motifs on the sides and fronts, along with a “zig zag” motif along the legs and rails. In modernizing this piece, the Hudleson dresser features a streamlined profile with a similar “zig-zag” motif on the legs and metal hardware.



  • 36"h x 66"w x 21"d
  • 91cm h x 168cm w x 53cm d