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Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Steel, vinyl
  • Place Manufactured: United States
  • DATES ca. 1933
    DIMENSIONS 32 x 21 3/8 x 22 1/2 in. (81.3 x 54.3 x 57.2 cm)  (show scale)
    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
    CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Donald Deskey (American, 1894-1989). Armchair, ca. 1933. Steel, vinyl, 32 x 21 3/8 x 22 1/2 in. (81.3 x 54.3 x 57.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 85.164.1. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 85.164.1_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Armchair of chrome-plated, square hollow steel frame and yellow vinyl upholstered seat and back cushion. The back and seat of the chair are a continuous, rectangular unit made of wood covered in vinyl and bent to support human body; seam in upholstery where seat and back meet; seat is sprung. This unit is supported by the metal frame: straight arms start midway down the side of the chair back then curve down to form the front legs; a horizontal seat rail joins the legs. Welded to the back of each front leg at the middle, a single piece extends back along the underside of the seat along the outer edge (supporting the seat), then curves downward to form shorter, angled rear leg. Tubular steel stretcher spans rear legs. Rectangular metal frame inset under seat. CONDITION: Frame with minor pitting throughout, especially where sitter's hands touch. Scratches throughout, especially lower legs. Joints and corners dirty with minor corrosion. Inset frame unfinished except for exposed parts, worn. Vinyl upholstery on back and joints: small pen mark to front proper left of back.
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