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28 x 30.75 x 28 (71.1 78.1 71.1 cm) Manufactured by Möbel Lengyel & Co., Berlin, Germany. 1928. Bent nickel plated tubular steel and leather.

So called "Wessily Chair" shows the intersection of two geometric forms in space, devoid of mass. Breuer's designs are light easy to move neither displaced space or blocked views. A design redo of the club chair of the past edited to liberate space and the sitter.

A Limited number of club armchairs were produced in 1925-1928. In this early version of the chair nickel plated steel was used. Only a few known examples of this early version exist. In later years the design was adapted, the chair was made of chrome-plated tubes of steel and a strengthening bar was added near the base.

Marcel Breuer (1902-1981) is best known as one of the early 20th century's most influential furniture designers and is considered one of the masters of Modernism, an honorable title he earned through using new technologies and materials to develop an "International Style." He was appointed head of the carpentry workshop at the Bauhaus in the early 1920s and co-founded a company Standard-Möbel to manufacture his tubular steel furniture. Further into his career he focused more on architecture including lecture halls and residences for New York University, but still designed furniture on occasion. He died in 1981 in New York City.

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Publication: Marcel Breuer Furniture and Interiors, Christopher Wilk, exhibition catalog, Museum of Modern Art New York, 1981, page 51, figure 41. Thonet Tubular Steel Furniture, First Complete Catalog Collection of German and French Models 1930-1931, Weil am Rhein, 1989 Magdalena Droste, Manfred Ludewig and Bauhaus Archive, Marcel Breuer Design, Cologne, 2001, pages 62-63 and 73 Bauhaus Furniture, A Legend Reviewed, exhibition catalog, Bauhaus Archive Museum for Furniture. Berlin, 2003, pages 234-240.
The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Corrosion / Pitting
Area: Other area
Location: Overall
Notes: Please see photographs
Degree: Moderate

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Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
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Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Private Swiss Collection
  • Pickup Location: Switzerland
  • Shipping Dimensions: 28 x 30.75 x 28 in. (71.12 x 78.1 x 71.12 cm.)
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