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Hans Weiss Custom Headboard for King Bed

$8,800

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Custom L shaped headboard cabinet wall with floating nightstands and bookshelves designed by Hans Weiss in 1960 for the master bedroom of an Upper West Side apartment. Top of 'wall' inset with florescent lights with opaque glass panel reflectors. Walnut framing with bleached mahogany custom hardware of walnut and solid brass and walnut laminate surfaces on the floating nightstands. Disassembles into four main sections plus fluorescent lighting units and glass reflector shelves. Fitted with several electrical outlets for convenience. Measures: 34 inches high 207 inches length 68 inches deep 84 inches max width between nightstands for bed 8.5 inch thick 'wall' 21 inches height from floor to top of nightstands Although the backside is unfinished it would be possible to do so thereby allowing it to float as a space or room divider. Hans Weiss was a Viennese Jewish émigrée to New York in the late 1930's. His work, both residential and commercial is extensively documented in the Gottscho-Schleisner photographic archives in the Library of Congress under his own name and, Weiss & Basser, the name of his partnership with fellow emigree, Wilheim Basser. Basser passed away in 1958 so for this particular interior design project undertaken in 1960 he was working on his own. It is likely that the carpentry and cabinet makers may have been fellow Austrian refugees, Hans Herschan and Eric Nasch of New York, both relatives of Basser. It is not known when Hans Weiss passed away but we do at least know that he was born in 1900 and was still active as late as 1970 when he updated the grand living room of this particular apartment in The Normandy at 140 Riverside Drive, between 86th and 87th Streets, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. Hans and his wife also happened to live in the same building.   References: Hans Weiss and Weiss & Basser, Gottscho-Schleisner Collection, Library of Congress

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