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  • Provenance

    Elizabeth Kaufer, Buffalo, New York
    Acquired from the above in the 1980s

  • Literature

    Leslie A. Pina, Herman Miller 1940 Catalogue and Supplement: Gilbert Rohde Modern Furniture Design, Atglen, Pennsylvania, 2007, p.12 for a similar later example

  • Catalogue Essay

    When he died at the age of fifty during lunch in Manhattan, Gilbert Rohde was accompanied by his assistant Elizabeth Kaufer. As she recounted, Rohde built the present model table at her request with glass locally sourced by his wife, Gladys Vorsanger. An editor at Women’s Wear Daily, Vorsanger had encouraged Rohde to travel in 1927 to Europe, where he visited the Bauhaus in Dessau and gathered inspiration from the spare forms of French Modernists such as René Herbst and Pierre Chareau.

PROPERTY FROM A CANADIAN COLLECTION

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Early low table for Elizabeth Kaufer

1930s
Brass, glass.
15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm) high, 36 in. (91.4 cm) diameter
Manufactured by Valley Furniture, USA.

Estimate
$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $10,000

Design

14 December 2011
New York