Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Edward Wormley for Dunbar; Burl and Glass Coffee Table

10/10.  Invest in the best.  Edward Wormley (1907-1995) was an American furniture and interior designer who was born in Chicago and started his career as an interior designer for Marshall Fields.  He left Marshall Fields for the Dunbar Furniture Company, and in 1944 was charged with modernizing Dunbar's furniture lines.  He had a long and successful career as Dunbar's director of design until the company was sold in 1970.  He is widely recognized as one of the leaders in bringing modern design to America.  His work has been shown in major exhibitions, including the Boston Museum of Art in 1951, the Triennale XIII in Milan in 1964, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1983.  His designs can be found today in the M.F.A. in Boston and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Montreal.  This table was designed by Wormley for Dunbar and is perfectly timeless in its simplicity and balance of modernity and warmth.  The base is Olive burl and the top is 3/4 inch thick glass.  The table is in nearly mint condition and retains its metal Dunbar tag.  This table is currently retailing for up to $15,000.00 CAN.  But as always, quality, design and value are our hat trick here in Hamilton.  17" h., 41.5" diam.  American, c. 1960's  $2,750.00  
Condition:  Near mint.
Wormley in the 1950's with a Dunbar chair