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What is this?

Constructed of stack-laminated wood planks, carved and worked into a smooth body of organic form, bulbous on sides and curving in at center (roughly peanut-shaped); bisected along horizontal axis where lid, hinged at back, meets bottom of chest; bottom flows into base formed as tapering cylinder with domed foot; the lid with three up-curved projections at top center (central projection serves as grip to raise lid). Interior fitted with removable wooden housing for two stereo components: turntable on left, stereo/radio receiver on right; inset pierced with rows of circular holes in front of and behind receiver; black leather strap in center, one end attached to cavity of lid, the other attached to stereo housing.

Why is this in our collection?

From Aquisition Justification: "Castle was commissioned by Dr. Irwin Berman to make this chest as a stereo cabinet.  This case piece is an outstanding example of the American studio furniture movement and is unique--one of only two chest types created in the early years of Castle's work. It is a variant of a blanket chest he crafted in 1968, housed in the collection of the University of Rochester, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York. Wendell Castle is a pivotal figure in the studio craft movement. His work, grounded in a sensibility that draws from the fine arts and his training in industrial design, spans the fields of design, craft, and sculpture, and reflects a diverse approach to a number... more

This is a chest for stereo from United States. It is dated 1973 and we acquired it in 2005. Gift of Linda and Irwin R. Berman. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

stack-laminated and carved walnut, metal, leather, stereo components

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (open): 150 x 109.2 x 76 cm (59 1/16 x 43 x 29 15/16 in.) H x W x D (closed): 113.3 x 109.2 x 55.9 cm (44 5/8 x 43 x 22 in.)

It has the following markings

Carved on right side of domed foot: "WC 73"

This object was designed by Wendell Castle

This object was donated by Linda Berman and Irwin R. Berman

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Chest For Stereo, 1973 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=22 July 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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