Chanin Building Pair Of Gates, 1928
Wrought iron, bronze.
Gift of Marcy Chanin. 1993-135-1,2.
- Designed by René Paul Chambellan
What is this?
Pair of gates, each a mirror image of the other; gate -1 with handle. Each gate with geometric decoration in two sections: a tall narrow rectangular section at outer left of gate -1, and outer right of -2, hinged to a larger trapezoidal section. The narrow rectangular sections with decoration of 14 irregularly-stacked cogwheels. The trapezoidal sections with radiating arcs, lightning bolt-like forms and zigzag lines emanating from lower inside corners; cogwheels, spirals, and other shapes interspersed along inside edges; bottom edges with segmented border depicting stacks of coins.
Why is this important?
These gates, from the entrance to the Chanin Building’s executive suite, are excellent examples of the important role metalwork played in defining the art deco style of New York skyscrapers from about 1925 to 1940. The gates’ largely linear, radiating design created an industrially informed aesthetic that was part of the machine-age era.
This object has been included in the following exhibitions: