• 20th Century Decorative Art &  auction at Christies

    Sale 7838

    20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    21 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 89

    MARCEL BREUER (1902-1981)

    SHORT LOUNGE CHAIR, DESIGNED 1935-1936

    Price Realised  

    MARCEL BREUER (1902-1981)
    SHORT LOUNGE CHAIR, DESIGNED 1935-1936
    produced by Isokon, this example of initial production featuring through-tenoned construction, laminated birch, the frame veneered in sycamore
    30¾ in. (78 cm.) high; 24 1/8 in. (61.2 cm.) wide; 38 in. (97 cm.) deep


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    Christopher Nicholson was a leading British architect and designer of the early Modern Movement in Britain. His most famous works of the thirties were comparable to the advanced modern style of his older brother Ben Nicholson, OM, (1894-1982). Records retained in the Isokon Archive at the University of East Anglia document Nicholson's close relationship with Jack Pritchard, founder of Isokon, and note an unrealised project for a chair design, as well as a 1938 exhibition stand design, produced in collaboration with Isokon. An aviation enthusiast, Nicholson died in a gliding accident in Italy, 1948.

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    Provenance

    Christopher Nicholson (1904 - 1948) and thence by descent


    Literature

    Decoration, Issue 30, Winter 1938 (illustrated in-situ)