• Historical Design Reflects: Th auction at Christies

    Sale 2392

    Historical Design Reflects: The East 61st Street Years

    8 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 395

    KEM (KARL EMANUEL MARTIN) WEBER (1889-1963)

    AN UPHOLSTERED, MAPLE, LEATHER AND STEEL 'AIRLINE' ARMCHAIR, DESIGNED 1934-35

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    KEM (KARL EMANUEL MARTIN) WEBER (1889-1963)
    An Upholstered, Maple, Leather and Steel 'Airline' Armchair, designed 1934-35
    31 cm. (78.7 cm.) high


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    cf. M. Eidelberg, ed., Design 1935-1965: What Modern Was: Selections from the Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection, New York, 1991, p. 76, ill. 84 for an illustration of a chair of this model.
    R. G. Wilson and D. Pilgrim, exhibition catalogue, The Machine Age in America 1918-1941, Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1986, p. 46, ill. 2.5 for an illustration of a chair of this design.

    This chair was one of five Weber chairs purchased directly from KEM Weber by the architect Harwell Hamilton Harris as part of the original furnishings of the Cecil J. Birtcher house designed in 1941-42. One of these chairs is in the Stewart collection of the Museé des Arts Décoratifs in Montreal.

    Provenance

    Cecil J. Birtcher residence, Los Angeles, CA.