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Richard Joseph Neutra
DESK FROM THE MILDRED AND GRANT BECKSTRAND HOUSE, PALOS VERDES, CALIFORNIA
Estimate
6,0008,000
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174
Richard Joseph Neutra
DESK FROM THE MILDRED AND GRANT BECKSTRAND HOUSE, PALOS VERDES, CALIFORNIA
Estimate
6,0008,000
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Richard Joseph Neutra
DESK FROM THE MILDRED AND GRANT BECKSTRAND HOUSE, PALOS VERDES, CALIFORNIA
Douglas fir, linoleum and chromium-plated metal
28 3/8 x 47 7/8 x 28 1/4 in. (69.5 x 121.6 x 71.7 cm)
circa 1940
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Provenance

Mildred and Grant Beckstrand, Palos Verdes, CA
Thence by descent to the present owner

Literature

"The Romance of American Architecture," The Studio, vol. 19, 1941, p. 91 (for a brief discussion of the Beckstrand House)
"Architect:  Richard Neutra," Pencil Points, May 1943, pp. 34-40  (for photographs and a discussion of the Beckstrand House)
"Neutra Looks at Wood and Steel," Interiors, July 1943, pp. 20 and 22 (for photographs and a discussion of the Beckstrand House)

Catalogue Note

This desk was designed by Richard Neutra for the interior of the Beckstrand House, one of three projects completed for the family.  Eclectic and intensely philosophical, Neutra sought to define American modernism in his architecture.  His residential projects blended Bauhaus rationality with a profound environmental consciousness.  By the end of the 1940s, Neutra had established himself as a leading residential architect, and his work became further recognized as he appeared on the cover of the August 15, 1949 issue of Time Magazine.  The present lot is an example of Neutra’s brand of modernism:  economy in design through simplicity in line and material, paired with an awareness of function within the greater environment.

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