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Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

American

Look closely at any vintage furniture designed by father-son duo Philip and Kelvin LaVerne and a cacophony of stylistic influences reveals itself.

The LaVernes’ position at the intersection of art and design was the result of their combined backgrounds: Philip (1907–87) studied painting with Ashcan School artist John Sloan at the Art Students League of New York, while his son, Kelvin (b. 1937), attended the Parsons School of Design, taking classes in art history, furniture design and metalwork. The resulting merge of stylistic elements and innovative processes make for singular designs that defy categorization, striking a balance between modern and traditional, intricate and minimal, art piece and functional item. Their work was also strikingly different from the modern furniture created by Philip’s brother Erwine and his wife, Estelle, of Laverne Originals.

The LaVernes began producing one-of-a-kind furniture and sculpture in the mid-1950s out of a studio on Wooster Street in New York City before opening a showroom on Manhattan’s East 57th Street. As their 1960s advertisements declared: “It’s not just functional and not just art, it’s an investment.”

The LaVernes married a stunning array of techniques and styles to achieve their singular, deeply layered look for one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces. Chinoiserie motifs abound on many of their acid-etched tables, but art from ancient Greece and Egypt also served as inspiration. The influence of figurative sculptors is evident in designs like coffee tables and side tables with bronze bodies serving as frames or bases; other pieces, meanwhile, have deeply detailed surfaces and strikingly simple silhouettes.

The duo developed their own unconventional methods — sometimes to an extreme — for finishing their pieces: Techniques employed by the LaVernes included acid washing and burying furniture underground in a mixture of soil and chemicals to achieve a desired patina through oxidation. While they sometimes used pewter and silver, bronze was one of their most commonly employed materials, either etched or cast and sometimes paired with glass tops. Their partnership ended when Philip died in 1987 and Kelvin shifted his practice to sculpture.

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Etched Bronze Round Coffee Table by Philip & Kelvin LaVerne
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Mid century "Chan" coffee table with an etched bronze top depicting scenes from the Forbidden City in China on four faux bamboo bronze legs with Asian style brackets. Signed Philip &...
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20th Century American Chinoiserie Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Bronze

Philip and Kelvin LaVerne "Tao Shelf" Side Table 1960s 'Signed'
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in New York, NY
Round "Tao Shelf" side table in patinated bronze and pewter with hand-applied multicolor enamels by Philip & Kelvin LaVerne, American 1960's (signed on top “Philip + Kelvin LaVerne”)...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Bronze, Enamel, Pewter

Bronze Coffee Table with Biblical Scenes by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in Boston, MA
Father and son Philip and Kelvin LaVerne achieved their detailed table designs by acid-etching bronze, adding pewter and enamel, then burying their work in a propriety formula of ear...
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1960s American Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Pewter, Bronze

Silver-Ground Iridescent Green Horse Wall Panel, by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in New York, NY
A fantastic and quite rare acid etched metal panel of green iridescent horses on a silver ground, Signed Philip and Kelvin LaVerne. This is one of the rarer signed LaVerne pieces, du...
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1960s American American Craftsman Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Metal

Bronze and Silver Low Table by Philip La Verne, American, New York
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in New York, NY
An exceptional coffee table by famed furniture designer Phillip & Kelvin LaVerne, American, New York, signed. The complex chinoiserie design features highly detail views of Imperial ...
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1960s American Chinoiserie Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Bronze, Silver Leaf

Large Signed Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Bronze Table
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Signed, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne coffee table. Etched and patinated bronze with pewter overlay. Large size measuring four feet by five feet and seventeen inches high. This is a very...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Bronze

Rare Chan Table by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in Bois-Colombes, FR
Huge coffee table in bronze with a Chinese scene, 1960s.
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1960s American Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Brass, Bronze

  • Rare Chan Table by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
  • Rare Chan Table by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
  • Rare Chan Table by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
  • Rare Chan Table by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
H 17.33 in. W 60.24 in. D 24.02 in.
Philip & Kelvin Laverne, Console, Brass, Pewter, Studio, North America, 1960s
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A console. Designed and studio executed by Father and son duo Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, circa 1965. Etched signature.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

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Brass, Pewter

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