Decorative Arts and Design
On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
34 1/2 x 22 7/16 x 25 in. (87.6 x 56.9 x 63.5 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the artist
Walnut armchair with leather upholstery, metal screws; all members have elegant, soft rounded profile and give appearance of continuous frame. Flared rectangular back with fitted upholstered cushion; stiles continue into rear legs; arms extend outward from side of back frame in opposing concave curves, and then curve sharply downward to form front stiles and legs. Rear and front stiles / legs carved in opposing concave curves and are joined below seat level with continuous stretcher. Running between these two stretchers, an H-shaped seat rail curves upward and supports a flared rectangular, upholstered seat cushion, which appears to float, and is secured with screws. Legs have metal floor glides.
CONDITION - Good/fair: wood finish shows heavy wear from use especially on upper side of arms; upholstery beginning to dry and crack, shows wear from normal use but no tears, two scratches toward rear of seat; overall dirt and paint or other substance splatters.
Vladimir Kagan (American, born Germany, 1927-2016). Armchair, ca. 1953. Walnut, leather, 34 1/2 x 22 7/16 x 25 in. (87.6 x 56.9 x 63.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 1991.255.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1991.255.2.jpg)
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