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Reclining Couch

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Aluminum, leather
  • Place Manufactured: Zeeland, Michigan, United States
  • DATES ca. 1968
    DIMENSIONS Overall: 29 x 17 x 77 in. (73.7 x 43.2 x 195.6 cm) Separate cushions, each: 8 x 17 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (20.3 x 43.8 x 4.4 cm)
    MARKINGS no marks
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 84.5.1
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Christopher Brent
    CAPTION Charles Eames (American, 1907-1978). Reclining Couch, ca. 1968. Aluminum, leather, Overall: 29 x 17 x 77 in. (73.7 x 43.2 x 195.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Christopher Brent, 84.5.1. Creative Commons-BY
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Four-legged reclining couch with aluminum frame and black leather cushions. Rectilinear, elongated, upside-down U-shaped base, from which rise two straight, short, vertical supports carrying the long, horizontal seat and back frame; the front support is higher than the back, allowing for the gently curving shape of the seat/back frame which is contoured to the human form. The seat and back covered with six cushions, all zippered to each other. Two additional unattached cushions for head and leg support. CONDITION: Used, but good, with numerous nicks and scratches especially to front proper left, outer side of frame, as follows: front upright connecting top and bottom of frame with , thin, vertical (3/4") scratch at top; directly below is a (1/2") horizontal dent; to proper right several small dents and scratches (1 1/4") extending horizontally; many nicks to lower piece as if used as a foot rest; small series of diagonal scratches to top piece, inside, under back (1 1/4"); other small scratches to left side. Proper right side of frame: Numerous, less noticeable tiny scratches. CUSHIONS (including b and c): all heavily worn, from normal use, especially pillows that contact most with the sitter. Small daub of white paint to second cushion from foot, on outer edge.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Meh (29%)
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