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What is this?

A white molded polyester chair loosely resembling an elephant on a black metal base.

Why is this in our collection?

In the 1960s, some artists experimented with furniture design, blurring lines between the professions and questioning the functionalist aesthetics of existing forms. French painter Bernard Rancillac’s sculptural Elephant chair, whose seat is a single sheet of plastic, resembles the animal’s head (backrest), ears (armrests), and trunk (leg rest). The form may reflect Rancillac’s interest in cartoons that he expressed in paintings. This example was from the original limited edition production.

This is a chair from France. It is dated 1967 and we acquired it in 1991. Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.

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Its medium is

molded polyester, bent metal

Its dimensions are

Overall: 109 x 143 x 156.6 cm (42 15/16 in. x 56 5/16 in. x 5 ft. 1 5/8 in.)

This object has been tagged:

This object was made for Galerie Lacloche and designed by Bernard Rancillac

This object was purchased from Bonham's and fund: Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Elephant Chair, 1967 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=3 August 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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