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Norman Bel Geddes, Four-Piece Bedroom Suite

Guaranteed Property

Estimate:

2,500

to
- 3,500 USD

Property from the Brooklyn Museum, Sold to Support Museum Collections

Norman Bel Geddes, Four-Piece Bedroom Suite

Norman Bel Geddes, Four-Piece Bedroom Suite

Estimate:

2,500

to
- 3,500 USD

Norman Bel Geddes

Four-Piece Bedroom Suite


circa 1929

comprising a bed, chest of drawers, wall mirror and table mirror

manufactured by Simmons Furniture Company, Chicago

enameled steel, chrome-plated metal, brass, mirrored glass

table mirror numbered o-33 23015 with manufacturer's label

bed: 36 x 53 1/4 x 74 1/2 in. (91.4 x 135.2 x 189.2 cm)

Overall in very good condition. The metal surfaces throughout each piece present with scattered surface scratches, scuffing, small indentations and occasional small losses to the enameling, all consistent with age and gentle use. The chest of drawers presents with a more pronounced discoloration to the top measuring approximately 6 ¼ inches long, not visually distracting. The bed does not retain its original finials and may be replaced at the buyer’s discretion. The table mirror is offered with replaced beveled and mirrored glass in excellent condition and in keeping with the original design. The glass surfaces present with faint scattered scratches and light soiling. Each piece is applied with a discrete accession number.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Gifted anonymously to the Brooklyn Museum in memory of Benjamin Linder, 1987

Martin Greif, Depression Modern: The Thirties Style in America, New York, 1976, p. 159

Karen Davies, At Home in Manhattan: Modern Decorative Arts, 1925 to the Depression, exh. cat., Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 1983, p. 112 (for the table mirror)

Richard Guy Wilson, Dianne H. Pilgrim and Dickran Tashjian, The Machine Age in America, 1918-1941, New York, 1986, p. 313 (for the table mirror and related vanity)

J. Stewart Johnson, American Modern 1925-1940: Design for a New Age, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2000, p. 141 (for the table mirror)

Kristina Wilson, Livable Modernism: Interior Decorating and Design During the Great Depression, New Haven, 2004, p. 126 (for the table mirror and related vanity)

Jane Adlin, "Vanities: Art of the Dressing Table," Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin no. 71, Fall 2013, p. 45, no. 59 (for the table mirror)