American Decorative Arts
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Designer: Lorin Jackson, American, 1908–1987
Manufacturer: Rohm and Haas Company, Inc., American, founded 1909
Retailer: Grosfeld House, American, active ca. 1930-1975

Coffee Table

1940

Glass, Plexiglas, mahogany, oak, and mirrored glass

16 3/8 × 20 in. (41.6 × 50.8 cm) other (Glass): 26 1/2 in.(67.3 cm) other (Narrowst part of base): 12 3/4 in.(32.4 cm)
Purchased by exchange with a bequest from Clara Migeon Swayze and a gift from the Associates in Fine Arts
1995.19.1a-b
An interest in Surrealism and classical motifs were in the air for furniture designers when this table was conceived. It melds new plastics technology to a game of hide-and-seek in structure and surfaces. The ribbon-tied rods of the supports recall fasces, a Roman symbol of power. Marjorie Merriweather Post’s daughter Nedenia chose this table for her room at Mar-a-Lago, the family’s Palm Beach, Florida, mansion.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Manufactured in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Purchased by Marjorie Merriweather Post for her daughter Nedenia Post's bedroom, Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Fla., ca. 1940-73; bequeathed as part of the house furnishings to the U.S. Government, 1973-83; transfered as part of the house furnishings to the Marjorie Merriweather Post Foundation, Washington, D.C., 1983-85; sold as part of the house furnishings to Donald J. Trump, New York, 1985-95; Christie's New York, March 30, 1995, lot 187

Bibliography: 

Walter Rendell Storey, “New Ideas for the Homemaker,” New York Times (April 7, 1940), n.p.

“Acquisitions, January 1994–December 1995,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1995–96): 142, ill.

Christie’s, New York, Property From Mar-A-Lago Sold By Donald J. Trump, sale cat. (March 30, 1995), 106–7.

John Stuart Gordon et al., A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 233, no. 156.

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