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Amoeba Rocking Chair

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

Catalogue Description:
Rocking chair made out of recycled plastic ("Origin") and plywood. chair back, seat, and underside continuous concave arched form; flat sides. Frame of red plywood covered with sheet of multicolored plastic (with flecks of white, reds, blues, greens, yellows) that are secured to frame with rows of screws; plastic sheet extends about 1 1/2 inches past frame. Ovoid cut-outs through the width of chair in top and bottom are similarly lined with plastic sheets. Condition: Excellent; a few scratches around chair and one lost screw on base.

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