Frederick John Kiesler - Design Masters New York Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Charles and Marguerita Mergentime, New York
    Thence by descent to their daughter, Molly Bayer
    Armand and Martha Bartos, New York, acquired from the above, circa 1940
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • Literature

    Martin Eidelberg, ed., Design 1935-1965: What Modern Was, New York, 1991, p. 91 for a drawing of a variant
    Monika Pessler, Harald Krejci, Friedrich Kiesler Designer, seating furniture of the 30s and 40s, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2005, p. 42, fig. 34

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present pair of armchairs are the only two existing examples from a set of six from the New York apartment of Charles and Marguerita Mergentime. One of the chairs from this set of six was included in the Frederick Kiesler exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, January 18-April 16, 1989. Kiesler's prolific designs for furniture and lighting are well-documented, though examples of realized models are rare.



Pair of armchairs, designed for Charles and Marguerita Mergentime, New York

Chromium-plated tubular steel, painted plywood, leather, vinyl, metal springs.
Each: 29 3/4 x 21 3/8 x 20 1/2 in. (75.6 x 54.3 x 52.1 cm)

$50,000 - 70,000 

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Design Masters

New York Auction 16 December 2014 6pm