December 16, 2012

MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION

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Lot 266: Warren McArthur

Lot 266: Warren McArthur

Early side chair

Designed c. 1930
Brushed, enameled, and chrome-plated aluminum, upholstery
Warren McArthur Corporation
34.75" x 19.5" x 17.25"
Literature: Nichols, Sarah. Aluminum by Design. Exhibition catatogue. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Art, 2000. p 217.
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $5,000
Inventory Id: 4173

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This rare design may be traced back to McArthur’s early days in Los Angeles. He moved to the city in 1929 in order to establish a metal furniture business shortly after completing work on the Biltmore Hotel, Arizona. The chair's form anticipates his later seminal designs in aluminum; however, during his early years in Los Angeles he was engaged in experimentation with metals and manufacturing processes and only carried out custom designs.

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