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Desk

1984.310 (RS17349)

Description

Desk, three narrow drawers supported by a cupboard at left and square frame at right. Four glass shelves and wooden support brackets on the right side were broken during shipment to America. Designed by Walter Gropius for his office in the Weimar Bauhaus.

Details

Label
Designed by Walter Gropius for his office in the Weimar Bauhaus, this piece of furniture is the oldest in the house. It was handcrafted in the woodwork shop of the Bauhaus school in 1923. This desk served Gropius well during the years in Weimar and Dessau until 1928 when he took it to Berlin. Part of the desk, the four glass shelves and the wooden support brackets on the right side, were broken in the transport to America. They were never repaired or replaced. In 1938 when the family moved into the Lincoln house, Ati, Walter and Ise's twelve-year-old daughter, chose to have this desk in her bedroom.
Maker
Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969 (Designer)
Bauhaus Carpentry Workshop (Manufacturer)
Date
1923
Location of origin
Lincoln, MA, USA; Dessau, Germany
Associated Building
Original to Gropius House (Lincoln, Mass.).
Material
birch (wood)
cherry (wood)
Object type
Furniture
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
birch (wood)
cherry (wood)
Desk
desks
Modern (styles and periods)
People and organizations
Knauer, Gustav
Dimensions
30 1/2 x 60 x 31 3/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1984.310
Credit Line
Bequest of Ise Gropius
GUSN
62097

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