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What is this?

Upright, rectangular bent tubular steel frame; back and seat consisting of panels of brown Eisengarn canvas.

Why is this in our collection?

From Acquisition Justification: "Context: The tubular steel chair stands as one of the most emblematic pieces of Modernist furniture.  While a number of designers created later versions, including Mies van der Rohe, the original tubular steel chair was created by Marcel Breuer in 1926.  The then-26-year-old Breuer was one of the first six apprentices in the Bauhaus furniture workshop in 1921, and by 1924 he was its head. Before he left the Bauhaus in 1928, Breuer also designed a number of important interiors, including the personal homes of a number of other Bauhaus masters like Lazlo Maholy-Nagy (where B5 chairs were utilized in the dining room), and Walter Gropius.Breuer experimented for... more

This is a side chair from Germany. It is dated 1926–27 and we acquired it in 2007. Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

bent chrome-plated tubular steel, eisengarn (parafin treated cotton canvas)

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 84 x 47 x 62.5 cm (33 1/16 x 18 1/2 x 24 5/8 in.)

Sotheby's was the vendor and Standard-Möbel was the manufacturer and General Acquisitions Endowment was the fund and Marcel Breuer was the designer of this object.

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18710395/ |title=Side Chair, "B5", 1926–27 |author=Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum |accessdate=22 April 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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