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Russel Wright

Desk and Chair, circa 1950

Maple and upholstery
3 1/4 × 46 × 18 1/4 in
8.3 × 116.8 × 46.4 cm
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Condition Report: Chair measures 30 x 17-1/2 x 17 inches. Light staining to the seat and kick marks …

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Condition Report: Chair measures 30 x 17-1/2 x 17 inches. Light staining to the seat and kick marks to the legs; some losses to the varnished desk top and drawers, otherwise with surface wear indicative of age and use.

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Conant manufacturing stamp to the top right drawer
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Russel Wright
American, 1904–1976
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Russel Wright advocated a new way of living that embodied what he saw as essentially modern American values: comfort, convenience, and ease. He elucidated this lifestyle through the Guide to Easier Living (1950), a best-selling book he wrote with his wife Mary, which called for a break from the “unrealistic dream that makes home life formal and unsatisfying.” Wright designed furniture, textiles, and ceramics that worked in tandem with the guide and enabled middle-class Americans to adopt the principles he outlined in the manual. Casual buffet dinners and one-pot meals could be served in the affordable, chip-resistant, and brightly colored Iroquois China (1947) that moved between the oven and the table. The minimal clean-up maximized a host’s time with guests and exemplified Wright’s objective “to make entertaining less work and more play for everyone concerned.”

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Condition Report: Chair measures 30 x 17-1/2 x 17 inches. Light staining to the seat and kick marks …

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Condition Report: Chair measures 30 x 17-1/2 x 17 inches. Light staining to the seat and kick marks to the legs; some losses to the varnished desk top and drawers, otherwise with surface wear indicative of age and use.

Signature
Conant manufacturing stamp to the top right drawer
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Russel Wright
American, 1904–1976
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Russel Wright advocated a new way of living that embodied what he saw as essentially modern American values: comfort, convenience, and ease. He elucidated this lifestyle through the Guide to Easier Living (1950), a best-selling book he wrote with his wife Mary, which called for a break from the “unrealistic dream that makes home life formal and unsatisfying.” Wright designed furniture, textiles, and ceramics that worked in tandem with the guide and enabled middle-class Americans to adopt the principles he outlined in the manual. Casual buffet dinners and one-pot meals could be served in the affordable, chip-resistant, and brightly colored Iroquois China (1947) that moved between the oven and the table. The minimal clean-up maximized a host’s time with guests and exemplified Wright’s objective “to make entertaining less work and more play for everyone concerned.”

Russel Wright

Desk and Chair, circa 1950

Maple and upholstery
3 1/4 × 46 × 18 1/4 in
8.3 × 116.8 × 46.4 cm
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