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Desk And Bookcase With Side Chair And Blotter

This is a Desk and Bookcase with Side Chair and Blotter. It was designed by Paul T. Frankl and Paul Rodier. It is dated ca. 1927. Its medium is desk and bookcase: mahogany, cedrela, zebrawood, yellow poplar, and pine with aluminum leaf chair: ash with aluminum leaf blotter: silk over paperboard.

In 1927 Joseph Urban asked Frankl to design the furnishings for a bedroom in Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach house for Marjorie Merriweather Post (Mrs. E. F. Hutton) that Urban was redesigning in an Italian-Spanish hybrid style. While other rooms featured a variety of historically themed furnishings, Frankl’s room was to be modern.

It is credited Lent by Yale University Art Gallery, Bequest of Clara Migeon Swayze, by exchange, 1993.107.1.1-.3.

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Its dimensions are

Desk and Bookcase: 118.1 x 139.1 x 57.2 cm (46 1/2 x 54 3/4 x 22 1/2 in.) Chair: 76.52 x 47.63 x 44.45 cm (30 1/8 x 18 3/4 x 17 1/2 in.) Blotter: 56.2 x 42.55 cm (22 1/8 x 16 3/4 in.) -

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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