Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Live Auction

Modern Art & Design: Spring 2020

Sat, May 2, 2020 12:00PM EDT
Lot 47

Samuel Marx Cabinet, Plotkin-Dresner Residence

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $10
$200 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000
Designer & Manufacturer: Samuel Marx (1902-1992); Quigley
Markings: Quigley imprint
Country of Origin & Materials: USA; bleached and whitewash stained burled walnut, mirror, brass
Dimensions(H,W,D): 34"h, 72"w, 20.5"d
Additional Information: Cabinet has three doors, the two end doors have three pull-out drawers and the center door has four pull-out drawers (three drawers with separators). This is one of the pieces designed and/or selected by architect and designer Samuel Marx for the Plotkin-Dresner residence of Highland Park, Illinois. The family, of Oshkosh Luggage renown, is known publicly for their charitable works, and personally for their modern views and lifestyle. Oscar Hillel-Plotkin's granddaughter describes her grandparents' outlook as "forward-thinking in all things" and engaged Marx to design their home for precisely this reason. She fondly recalls breakfasts in the Ravine Room (as her grandmother called it) with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the woods. Several photos of this space and its furnishings are included in the online listings. The family's charitable impact is recognized through the Oscar Hillel Plotkin Memorial Library of the North Shore Congregation Israel and by personal correspondence donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Provenance: Provenance: Plotkin-Dresner Residence, Highland Park, Illinois. 

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good, wear/loss/discoloration to finish, some chips/scratches to veneer, repair to top, patina to metal, mirrors with small chips at edges and some loss/internal bubbling to silvering, wear consistent with age and moderate use