October 7, 2012

MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION

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Lot 322: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Lot 322: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Rosified

c. 1955
Chrome-plated steel, leather
Knoll International
Remnants of Knoll International label to underside.
Each 30.25" x 26.5" x 22"
Provenance: Knoll International Product Development; Stanley Tigerman; Bennet Greenwald; Thence by descent
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $6,250
Inventory Id: 3688

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Three examples of this variant of the MR chair were originally conceived and produced for Howard Dearnstyne’s Berlin apartment in 1932. Dearnstyne was a close friend and former pupil of Mies van der Rohe, having been one of the few Americans to attend the Bauhaus school, Dessau and Berlin. During the early 1950s, at the request of Mies van der Rohe, Dearnstyne loaned one of his three chairs to Knoll for pattern production analysis. Several prototypes were produced as a test; however, Knoll decided not to proceed with production. The chairs were given to Bennet Greenwald by Stanley Tigerman. Greenwald’s father, a real estate developer named Herbert, was a close friend and business partner of Mies van der Rohe until his death in 1957. The renowned Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman was a friend of Bennet’s father, and his encounters with Mies van der Rohe are well documented.

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