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Warren McArthur Armchair c. 1931 Warren McArthur Furniture Co. Los Angeles

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Documentation Ample Provenance
Documentation Notes Catalog and other published reference
Origin United States, California
Period 1920-1949
Materials lacquered steel tube, nickeled back rests, lacquered wood armrests, pressed stainless steel caps
Dimensions
W. 24.5 in; H. 34 in; D. 20 in;
W. 62.23 cm; H. 86.36 cm; D. 50.8 cm;
Open W. 24.5 in;
Open W. 62.23 cm;
Seat H. 18.5 in;
Seat H. 46.99 cm;
Condition Good. Original (rare and important) sun fading to back of chair and tears in the leather seat upholstery
Creation Date C. 1931
Description A Warren McArthur armchair Model No. 20 ( which in mechanical engineer identification protocol is design number- 2 first state- 0 ).

This armchair was fabricated in McArthur's Los Angeles studio (6 employees), the forerunner of the Warren McArthur Corporation which was founded in 1934 with a factory in Rome NY and the corporate showroom at One Park Avenue in Manhattan which opened in 1936..


The pressed stainless steel caps that hold the lacquered gold steel tubes in place are designed to capture different diameter tubes and be of sufficient strength to serve effectively in a compression assembly.
The compression is created by the use of a central threaded 3/8 th inch rod with two nuts on either end loosely based on the construction of brass beds.

This manner of construction allowed for adjustable tension in seating frames, the easy replacement of damaged tubes in the rare occurrence of damage and the use of standardized parts in a myriad of different designs and customization of the frames to the specific requests of the client.
The myriad of tubular hand bent and hand cut parts harkens back to 19th Century custom construction and set Warren McArthur apart from his welded polished chrome contemporary designers.

The Frame assembly is part of the decoration of Warren's designs. The spacing of the caps is a conscious design element, less segments were certainly viable from a functional stand point but did not achieve the visual impact that Warren was intent on expressing. This visual concern of spacing and the variety in the curve of his bent tubes and a continual redefinition of these designs is intriguing.
Styles / Movements Art Deco, Modern
Incollect Reference Number 393904
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