Works from the Collection of Marc Jacobs
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE
"BARCELONA" CHAIR AND OTTOMAN
designed circa 1929, executed between 1961-1970
manufactured by Knoll, New York
chromium-plated steel, leather-upholstered cushion
each with manufacturer's original paper labels
chair: 30¾ x 30¾ x 25½ in. (78 x 78 x 64.7 cm)
ottoman: 14 x 23⅝ x 22 in. (35.5 x 59.9 x 55.8 cm)
Overall in good condition. The metallic surfaces present with surface scratches, oxidation marks and areas of light discoloration throughout consistent with age and gentle use. The backrest with remnants of two paper labels which are not visually distracting. One corner of the backrest and one corner of the seating area present with indentations to the metal which are not visually distracting either. The leather upholstery appears to be original and presents with signs of age throughout, namely some light crackling and creasing throughout, scratches concentrated to the chair's upholstery, as well as areas of concentrated and spotty abrasions to the leather particularly visible on the backrest, seat, and side edges of the chair. The reverse of the backrest cushion with some light sun fading only visible when the cushion is displaced. The original leather straps on both the chair and the ottoman are all stable and in very good condition. A rare opportunity to acquire an early edition of this iconic model by Mies van der Rohe.
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Ludwig Glaeser, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: Furniture and Furniture Drawings from the Design Collection and the Mies van der Rohe Archive, New York, 1977, pp. 46-47
Alexander V. Vegesack, et al., Mies van der Rohe: Architecture and Design in Stuttgart, Barcelona, Brno, Vitra, Germany, 1998, pp. 41, 57-58, 69-70, 87, 91, 169, 171, 176, 195 (for the chair); pp. 94-96, 168, 170-171, 176, 195 (for the ottoman)
Christiane Lange, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe & Lilly Reich: Möbel und Räume, Krefeld, 2006, pp. 174-175
Helmut Reuter and Birgit Schulte, Mies and Modern Living: Interiors, Furniture, Photography, Ostfildern, Germany, 2008, p. 145