Behind the top drawer panel. Bleached mahogany finish and retains its original leather-wrapped base. Oak secondary wood used on the drawers, and the back corners are dovetailed. Dunbar brass label in second drawer.
Beautifully made piece, all the drawers slide evenly and smoothly. Top "desk" drawer folds down with a mechanical release and has open storage compartments at the back. The second drawer has an insert that creates smaller, divided spaces for socks, etc. The chest's side panels both have a simple, raised decorative band around the outer edge.
In exceptionally clean, near-mint condition. This piece has been refinished to match the original color, and has a semi-gloss varnish. The interior is immaculate, and near-mint to mint. These pieces have been examined under a magnifier and bright lights to ensure an accurate condition.
This is one of sixteen 1950s - 60s Ed Wormley/Dunbar pieces we are listing from a single Chicago estate. The pieces were originally part of the furnishings in a large John Hancock Building condominium. Please see our other offerings/listings. Measures 36" wide x 18" deep and 31 tall.The item will be hand delivered directly to your residence or business. As the longtime director of design for the Dunbar furniture company, Edward Wormley was, along with such peers as George Nelson at Herman Miller Inc. And Florence Knoll of Knoll Inc. One of the leading forces in bringing modern design into American homes in the mid 20th century. Not an axiomatic modernist, Wormley deeply appreciated traditional design, and consequently his work has an understated warmth and a timeless quality that sets it apart from other furnishings of the era. Wormley was born in rural Illinois and as a teenager took correspondence courses from the New York School of Interior Design. Marshall Field hired Wormley in 1930 to design a line of reproduction 18th-century English furniture; the following year he was hired by the Indiana-based Dunbar, where he quickly distinguished himself. It was a good match. Dunbar was an unusual firm: it did not use automated production systems; its pieces were mostly hand-constructed. For his part, Wormley did not use metal as a major component of furniture; he liked craft elements such as caned seatbacks, tambour drawers, or the woven-wood cabinet fronts seen on his Model 5666 sideboard of 1956. He designed two lines for Dunbar each year? Until 1944, by which time the contemporary pieces had become the clear best sellers. S signature pieces are modern interpretations of traditional forms. An example is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art?
Recapitulates a late 19th-century German design. The long, slender finials of his Model 5580 dining chairs are based on those of Louis XVI chairs; his Listen-to-Me Chaise (1948) has a gentle Rococo curve; the? Line that Wormley designed for Drexel Furniture in 1947 is a simplified, pared-down take on muscular Georgian furniture.
But he could invent new forms, as his Magazine Table of 1953, with its bent wood pockets, and his tiered Magazine Tree (1947), both show. And Wormley kept his eye on design currents, creating a series of tables with tops that incorporate tiles and roundels by the great modern ceramicists Otto and Gertrud Natzler. As the items on these pages demonstrate, Edward Wormley conceived of a subdued sort of modernism, designing furniture that fits into any decorating scheme and does not shout for attention. Please view the total listing as there are more pictures at the bottom of the listing.Please make sure you read all of our ad and view all the photos. Thank you for visiting with us. Come back often to our store which features antiques and other items we acquire at estate sales and auctions. FREE scheduling, supersized images and templates.
Make your listings stand out with FREE Vendio custom templates! Over 100,000,000 served. Get FREE counters from Vendio today! The item "Mid Century Ed Wormley for Dunbar Bleached Mahogany Chest with Drop Down Desk" is in sale since Monday, July 10, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Dressers & Vanities\Post-1950".
The seller is "antiqueboutique*123" and is located in Aurora, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.