The rocking chair here by Frederick Kiesler was part of the unique interior he designed for Art of This Century (see illustration), Peggy Guggenheim's avant-garde gallery in Manhattan that was one of the first to champion Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist art in this country. Peggy Guggenheim, one of the most important dealer-collectors of modern art in the early twentieth century, was a New York heiress of the famous banking family
Rocking chair, plywood upholstered in dark blue linoleum. Free form, general J-shaped plywood rocking chair with dark blue linoleum upholstery. Flat, parallel sides made of three pieces of plywood, beveled along edges where boards meet. Contoured seat, back and underside consist of wood joined to side edges and wrapped around entire shape; covered by a continuous linoleum strip all around chair; seamed at front below seat. Four securing screws on each side. Three circular holes, each with a notch on left side. CONDITION: Both sides badly nicked along edges. Scratches and punch marks on both sides. Split across top board and in middle and bottom board on right side. Paint drops on left side. Linoleum coming loose particularly at seam at front of chair where corner is torn off. Linoleum scratched throughout. Hole in linoleum at back of chair near bottom. (See conservation memo 11/21/91).