London, South Kensington
24 March 2004
AN UPHOLSTERED BEECHWOOD LOUNGE CHAIR
AMERICAN, CIRCA 1955, MANUFACTURED BY THE PHOENIX CHAIR COMPANY, WISCONSIN
Upholstered in 'Leaf Hands' textile, designed circa 1949 by Salvador Dali, printed marks to selvedge, with manufacturer's paper label to underside ( Phoenix Chair Co. Sheboygan, Wis. )..
31 in. (79 cm.) high
Anonymous sale, Bonhams, 3 February 1996, lot 148.
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Martin Eidelberg Ed., Design 1935-1965, What Modern Was, Selections from the Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection, Abrams, New York, 1991, pp.268-269, the design illustrated
The 'Leaf Hands' textile was designed by Salvador Dali circa 1949. It was produced by Schiffer Prints as part of their 'Stimulus Collection', intended 'to bring for the first time to the decorative textile field the fresh, forward-thinking viewpoints of top flight personalities in the related arts'. Remarkably, the Stimulus Collection gave carte blanche to the artists and designers they approached.
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