Donald Deskey, ‘A Rare Writing Table’, circa 1929, Sotheby's: Important Design
Donald Deskey, ‘A Rare Writing Table’, circa 1929, Sotheby's: Important Design
Donald Deskey, ‘A Rare Writing Table’, circa 1929, Sotheby's: Important Design

Sotheby's would like to thank David Hanks for his assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.

From the Catalogue:

Donald Deskey's engagement with American Modern design is famously associated with his interior designs for Radio City Music Hall, the design competition in the 1930s for which he won the opportunity to collaborate with the commission's architect, Edward Durell Stone. Deskey's initial training as an architect at the University of California paved the way for his modern approach to interior design and industrial design in domestic and commercial spaces. Early designs by Deskey were often not in production, but made to order, with a few variations in size and materials, depending on the project and producer of the table. A closely related variant of the present lot, with a glass top and slightly different measurements, is illustrated in the Donald Deskey Archives, Cooper Hewitt Museum, photo 5089. The present table epitomizes Deskey's visual vocabulary in the late 1920s, combining Bakelite and chromium in a highly dynamic and modern shape.

—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Mark McDonald, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 1985