"Camel" table

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  • Provenance

    Mr. and Mrs. James Ward and Harry Berger House, Los Angeles
    Fifty/50, New York
    Private collection, Norwalk, Connecticut

  • Literature

    Barbara Lamprecht, Richard Neutra: Complete Works, Los Angeles, 2000, pp. 152-53, 159
    Barbara Lamprecht, Richard Neutra Furniture: The Body and Senses, Tübingen, 2015, p. 76 for an illustration, p. 77 for a patent drawing

  • Catalogue Essay

    Inspired by the anatomy of a camel, Richard Neutra designed his "Camel" table to fold at the legs so that it could function either as a dining table for six to eight people or as a low table for the living room. The 1941 patent drawing shows the earliest version, entirely in wood like in the present example, though Neutra also created a version with metal legs.

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"Camel" table

designed late 1930s, patent filed 1941
Birch, birch-laminated plywood.
Fully extended, 28 1/4 x 70 1/8 x 36 1/2 in. (71.8 x 178.1 x 92.7 cm), collapsed: 13 in. (33 cm) high

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 

sold for $12,500

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New York Auction 9 June 2016