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MEDIUM Birch plywood and solid wood
  • Place Manufactured: United States
  • DATES 1938
    DIMENSIONS 29 1/16 x 50 x 24 5/8 in. (73.8 x 127 x 62.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Marks: "145" written on green pencil on inside of proper right drawer unit.
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Bryn Mawr College
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Marcel Breuer. Desk, 1938. Birch plywood and solid wood, 29 1/16 x 50 x 24 5/8 in. (73.8 x 127 x 62.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Bryn Mawr College, 83.1.2. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 83.1.2_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Desk (one of four pieces of dormitory furniture), birch plywood and solid wood. Desk is composed of simple rounded-edged rectangular top supported on the proper left by a flat-bottomed U-shaped leg; in the middle by two braces stretching under the width of the top; and on the proper right by rectangular drawer unit, the full depth of the top. The drawer unit has a recessed base below, then one large and three small drawers above, all with handles (recessed) cut into the middle of each drawer unit. Condition: Fair, generally worn. Numerous scratches and stains to the top. Wear to finish on most edges with 1 3/4 inch chip to front proper right leg. Grain raised along inside of leg. Greatest wear to front of all four drawers; surfaces are heavily worn and brushed, with scratches, stains and discolorations throughout.
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