Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Live Auction

Modern + Contemporary Art, Design & Luxury

Sat, Apr 23, 2022 12:00PM EDT
Lot 364

Gilbert Rohde Vanity / Desk

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000
Artist/Designer; Manufacturer: Gilbert Rohde; Herman Miller
Marking(s); notes: The Herman Miller Furniture Co. label, marking(s)
Country of origin; materials: USA; bird's eye maple, walnut, metal
Dimensions (H, W, D): 27.75"h, 51.5"w, 16"d
Additional Information: The desk has a glass top over three drawers and the top drawer has separators. Provenance: Property of a Coral Gables, Florida collector. The consignor shared the following about his lifelong focus on Bauhaus and machine-age design:

"I inherited an appreciation for design from my mother, and my early access to the topic led me to an article about the Bauhaus movement. I became fascinated with the transition to modernity, the innovations in architecture, materials, manufacturing processes and urban lifestyle, and devoured material on the period. My first purchase was a pair of Wassily chairs. I was thrilled by how they seemed to transport me into the era that birthed them.

When a move presented the opportunity to create a second environment, I gravitated towards pre-war American design. I was especially taken by the great innovators of the day, Gilbert Rohde especially, but also Wolfgang Hoffmann, Nessen, Saarinen, Russel Wright, Kurt Versen and others. As I deepened my knowledge, I found myself also drawn to some of the lesser known great American designers like Eugene Schoen and James Mont. A recent move to a smaller house prompted me to pare down my collection. Maintaining and restoring yesterday's decorative arts preserves not only our culture but the environment, another of my passions. I built my habitat of lovingly rescued and maintained pieces without sacrificing personal taste, comfort or contemporary style, using the services of small business artisans to do the restoration."

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Condition

good, slight musty odor to interior, very light surface scuffs throughout, moisture stains to interior of middle and bottom drawers, some separation to veneer at top of middle drawer, a nick to top edge and one top corner, knob on chrome stanchion does not screw in completely, light surface scratches to glass, wear consistent with age and moderate use

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