Alternate Versions of Chase Moderne Bookends, RIVETED PAIR SOLD For Sale
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Alternate Versions of Chase Moderne Bookends, RIVETED PAIR SOLD

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Two nice pair of rare Art Deco or machine age Chase Modernes, pre-1933 design. ONE PAIR AVAILABLE, RIVETED PAIR SOLD. The "riveted" pair (SOLD) are the production examples featured in the 1933 catalog. RIVETED PAIR ARE SOLD The "un-riveted" pair are unknown in the Chase lexicon, possible prototypes and never seen. Incredible version for the Chase "completist" The design is attributed to Walter Von Nessen. These are more substantial than most great Chase decorative bookends by Nessen, et al. Riveted are in original unpolished satin copper and brass finish, un-riveted were polished and re-lacquered at some point. Riveted price $4200. Un-riveted price $5800. Both pair, $9000.

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  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1933
  • Period
  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 6.5 in. x W 5.5 in. x D 4 in.H 16.51 cm x W 13.97 cm x D 10.16 cm
  • Seller Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    1504249452263
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About Walter Von Nessen (Designer)

Art Deco industrial designer Walter von Nessen is best known for his glamorous Machine Age lighting designs and for his invention of the swing-arm lamp. Von Nessen was born in Germany, where he studied under Bruno Paul at Berlin’s Kunstgewerbeschule. After World War I, he worked for the architect Peter Behrens, in Berlin. He left in 1919 for Stockholm, where he designed furniture until emigrating with his wife, Margaretta, to the United States in 1923. In 1927, the couple opened Nessen Studios in Manhattan, designing and selling sleek, modern architectural lighting.


Art Deco was both novel and exciting in the late 1920s — as, indeed, was electricity itself — and Nessen Studios was at the forefront of the movement. Electric lighting designers at the time had no direct models to follow. The shapes and silhouettes of gas lamps, lanterns and chandeliers had been influenced by those of the kerosene-, oil- and candle-lit fixtures that preceded them, which in turn were informed by the fuels they used. Electric lighting required designs that accommodated essentials of the new technology, like cords and sockets. Von Nessen and his contemporaries thus had to create fixtures that addressed these challenges and looked modern without appearing overly mechanical.


Along with industrial-design visionaries of the period like Raymond Loewy, Gilbert Rohde and Donald Deskey, von Nessen crafted a style that was emblematic of the Machine Age. He produced lamps and home accessories from spun aluminum, with smooth surfaces that evoked the polished gleam of streamlined automobiles and airplanes. And he experimented with other popular materials of the era, such as Bakelite, chrome and fiberglass. His ingenious design for the now-ubiquitous swing-arm lamp earned him a reputation as an innovator.


Von Nessen’s work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum, among other institutions. Designed to complement the luxurious interiors of the 1920s and ‘30s, still look fresh nearly a century later.

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