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2017

Desk And Bookcase With Side Chair And Blotter, ca. 1927

This is a Desk and Bookcase with Side Chair and Blotter. It was designed by Paul T. Frankl and Paul Rodier.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Yale University Art Gallery as part of The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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.

Our curators have highlighted 6 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Desk (USA), ca. 1933
  • lacquered wood, painted canvas, chromed metal.
  • Gift of Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz.
  • 2006-24-1

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.) -

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