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Tri-symmetric Sculptured Table

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
Although born in Germany and educated in New York, Vladimir Kagan was an enthusiastic proponent of Scandinavian design. Opening in 1950, his showroom on Fifty-seventh Street in midtown Manhattan, New York, was one of the first independent design stores to offer both furniture and interior design services in this new style.
MEDIUM Walnut, glass
  • Place Manufactured: New York, New York, United States
  • DATES ca. 1953
    DIMENSIONS (base): 27 9/16 x 25 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. (70 x 64.8 x 64.8 cm) (table top): 3/4 x 42 in. (1.9 x 106.7 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 1991.255.1a-b
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the artist
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Vladimir Kagan (American, born Germany, 1927-2016). Tri-symmetric Sculptured Table, ca. 1953. Walnut, glass, (base): 27 9/16 x 25 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. (70 x 64.8 x 64.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 1991.255.1a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1991.255.1a-b.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1991.255.1a-b.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Sculpted biomorphic tripod table base (a) of walnut with metal glides supporting colorless circular glass tabletop (b). Solid tripod table base shaped like three boomerangs standing on end and joined at center curve; top end of this boomerang sculpted flat to support table top and bottom end rounded to form feet. Tabletop has slightly beveled edges. CONDITION - Very good; crack in underside of joiner, residue of glue on underside.
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