By the end of the nineteenth century it was quite fashionable to incorporate Maori motifs on European houses and furniture. This Scottish Baronial-style chair carved with Maori motifs is attributed to Alexander Bathgate. Bathgate came to Otago in 1863 and rose to become a banker, lawyer and prominent businessman. He served as director for some of Dunedin’s biggest companies including Donaghy’s Rope and Twine Company, the Otago Daily Times and Witness Newspaper Company and Kempthorne Prosser’s New Zealand Drug Co. He is also remembered for his writings, which included Dunedin guidebooks, two novels, two books of reminiscences and two books of verse.