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American Decorative Arts
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Designer: Finn Juhl, Danish, 1912–1989
Manufacturer: Baker Furniture, American, founded 1890

Cocktail Table

1951

Black cherry, black walnut, bleached maple veneer, yellow-poplar

19 3/8 × 35 3/4 × 20 1/4 in. (49.2 × 90.8 × 51.4 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gifford Phillips, Class of 1942
1984.14.5
Scandinavian furniture was marketed extensively in the United States in the postwar era. It was characterized by simple elements, subtle curves, smooth surfaces, and light-colored finishes and came to be known as Danish Modern. To compete with these popular imports, Baker Furniture of Holland, Michigan, commissioned the Danish architect and furniture designer Finn Juhl to design Baker Modern, a mass-produced line of furniture that included this table.
Geography: 
Made in Holland, Michigan
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Provenance: 

The donors purchased this table about 1955 for a house in Santa Monica, California. Gift in 1984 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 1984,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 39, no. 3 (Winter 1986): 74.

David L. Barquist, Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett, and Gerald W. R. Ward, American Tables and Looking Glasses in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 94, 98–100, no. 26, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.