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Louis Kahn

A Unique Desk from the Morton and Lenore Weiss House, East Norriton Township, Pennsylvania

Estimate:

70,000

to
- 100,000 USD

Louis Kahn

Louis Kahn

A Unique Desk from the Morton and Lenore Weiss House, East Norriton Township, Pennsylvania

A Unique Desk from the Morton and Lenore Weiss House, East Norriton Township, Pennsylvania

Estimate:

70,000

to
- 100,000 USD

Lot sold:

100,800

USD

Louis Kahn

A Unique Desk from the Morton and Lenore Weiss House, East Norriton Township, Pennsylvania


designed 1949, executed 1950

executed by the Alexander Woodwork Co., Philadelphia

walnut, birch, brass

27 3/4 x 78 x 36 in. (70.4 x 198.1 x 91.4 cm)

Overall in very good condition. An incredibly modern desk from an important residential commission, the present piece was originally designed as a dining table then later turned into a desk at the clients’ request, attesting to its incredibly adaptable and skilled design. The wooden surfaces have recently been reconditioned by a professional wood restorer to revitalize the naturally rich appearance of the walnut. The desk presents with age-appropriate wear, namely light surface scratches concentrated to the tabletop, occasional areas of faint discoloration, brown spotty stains which are not visually distracting as well as minor abrasions to the wood concentrated to the edges of the feet and consistent with gentle use. One corner of the tabletop with a slightly more pronounced area of loss to the wood measuring approximately 1/2 inch wide. The brass crosspiece with some light oxidation and discoloration throughout consistent with age. The desk includes three drawers in functional condition at the time of cataloguing. 


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Morton and Lenore Weiss, East Norriton Township, Pennsylvania
Thence by descent to a Private Collection, Philadelphia
Freeman's Auctions, Philadelphia, October 8, 2017, lot 40
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Yutaka Saito, Louis I. Kahn Houses 1940-1974, Tokyo, 2003, p. 265 (for the present lot photographed in the Weiss House)
George H. Marcus and William Whitaker, The Houses of Louis Kahn, New Haven, 2013, pp. 85 (for a production drawing of the present lot), 86 (for a period photograph of the present lot in the Weiss House) and 124 (for a period photograph of the present lot in the Weiss House)