Cf: Bauhaus Archiv, Museum fr Gestaltung, Berlin, 1981, pp. 90-91, No. 153
See also: Experiment Bauhaus, Exh. Cat. No. 99, p. 102
Magdalene Droste and Manfred Ludewig, Marcel Breuer Design, 1994, p. 7, fig. 3
Christie's New York, 1 October 1983, Lot 199 (example de-accessioned by the Museum of Modern Art)
The design for the present chair was first created by Breuer in 1922, and subsequently refined in 1924. It shows clearly the influence of Rietveld's easy chair, although replacing the plywood seat and back with strips of fabric. Breuer used fabrics on his furniture from an early date, collaborating with Gunta Stlzl.
A former student at the Bauhaus recalls that each new arrival was set the demanding task of recreating the design under the stern tutelage of Breuer himself who was then in charge of the furniture workshop. The measurements of the present example are almost identical to those of the cherrywood lath chair in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (94 by 55.8 by 57.3cm.).
The present lot was purchased by the family of the present owner from the Fides Neue Kunst Galerie in 1927.