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Vanity

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MANUFACTURER The Simmons Company
MEDIUM Enameled steel, chrome-plated metal, brass, wood
  • Place Manufactured: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • DATES 1929-1932
    DIMENSIONS 30 x 44 x 20 in. (76.2 x 111.8 x 50.8 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
    ACCESSION NUMBER 87.221.3
    CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift in memory of Benjamin Linder
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Norman Bel Geddes (American, 1893-1958). Vanity, 1929-1932. Enameled steel, chrome-plated metal, brass, wood, 30 x 44 x 20 in. (76.2 x 111.8 x 50.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Benjamin Linder, 87.221.3. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE group, 87.221.3_87.221.4a-c_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Vanity (part of six piece bedroom suite, 87.221.1-.6) of beige-enameled steel with chrome-plated decoration. Raised by four squared legs made of steel with rounded edges. Top, also with rounded corners, is covered with sheets of steel. Proper right side (front) has rectangular-shaped drawer with semi-cylindrical chrome-plated pull. Proper left side of vanity has three drawers of equal width and depth, each with semi-cylindrical pulls. Top half of front is decorated with chromed-metal strip. En suite with mirror 87.221.4. CONDITION: Various small scratches on top surface; (b) Large drawer (has numerous interior scratches. Semi-cylindrical drawer pull is dull; (c) Drawer pulled (d) Various scratches interior on bottom (e) Two large vertical scratches below drawer pull on interior of drawer front. Top of vanity has a 6’ wide area of pink discoloration and several small-discolored circular spots; back of proper right leg has six vertical paint "drips".
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (76%)
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