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Side Chair, Model 420-2

Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Rubber-coated metal, metal, vinyl
  • Place Manufactured: United States
  • DATES Designed 1952–53; this example manufactured 1959
    DIMENSIONS 30 1/8 x 21 x 22 1/4 in. (76.5 x 53.3 x 56.5 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1992.93.17
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of William K. Jacobs, Jr.
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Model 420-2, Side chair of white rubber-coated metal and black metal rods, with seat pad upholstered in orange vinyl. Chair formed by rectangular piece of white, rubber-coated wire grid bent into a continuous seat and back with rounded corners and sides. Seat bolted to supporting base composed a single length of black metal rod bent into slightly raised platform (rod starts / ends at front, rises to seat rail that runs along each side, then down to a kind of stretcher across back). This base is soldered to the tops of four canted legs, made of a single length of black metal rod bent into shape (rod starts / ends at top of back legs, runs along floor between front and back legs, and runs across front of chair at top of legs). Rectangular seat cushion is thin pad of foam rubber covered with orange vinyl; attaches to seat with straps and snap on underside. CONDITION: Good; chair has all-over dirt and several scratches on legs; pad is dirty and strap is stretched out.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    CAPTION Harry Bertoia (American, born Italy, 1915–1978). Side Chair, Model 420-2, Designed 1952–53; this example manufactured 1959. Rubber-coated metal, metal, vinyl, 30 1/8 x 21 x 22 1/4 in. (76.5 x 53.3 x 56.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of William K. Jacobs, Jr., 1992.93.17. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.93.17.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1992.93.17.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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