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Occasional Table

A work made of aluminum, bakelite, and iron.

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  • A work made of aluminum, bakelite, and iron.

Date:

c. 1930

Artist:

Designed by Walter von Nessen (American, born Germany, 1889–1943)
Manufactured by Nessen Studio, Inc. (American, founded 1927)
New York

About this artwork

Walter von Nessen was among the group of architects and designers born and trained in Europe, including Paul Frankl and Wolfgang Hoffmann, who altered the shape of American interior design during the first decades of the 20th century. For his occasional table—whose diminutive stature and portability were inspired by the informal buffet dinners and cocktail parties that gained in popularity during the Prohibition era—Von Nessen shrewdly married modernity with tradition. The aluminum and Bakelite—which were just being accepted as suitable for interior decoration—suggest the latest in machine technology, but they also evoke luxurious materials such as silver and ebonized wood. At the same time, the graceful sweep of aluminum that curves upward toward the tabletop evokes neoclassical visual details.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Walter Von Nessen (Designer)

Title

Occasional Table

Place

New York City (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

c. 1930

Medium

Aluminum, Bakelite, and iron

Inscriptions

Impressed: NESSEN / STUDIO / N.Y. / 451 (on underside of base)

Dimensions

46 × 46.4 × 30.5 cm (18 1/8 × 18 1/4 × 12 in.)

Credit Line

Quinn E. Delaney Fund

Reference Number

2009.156

Extended information about this artwork

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