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Marquesa Beench by Oscar Niemeyer, Mid-Century Modern-Vintage 1978

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Currently available for acquisition, this exquisitely crafted Mid-Century Modern masterpiece, known as the "Marquesa," represents an embodiment of the remarkable design acumen of Oscar Niemeyer in the year 1978. Meticulously fashioned from a harmonious blend of hardwood and lacquer, adorned with a cane weave, this resplendent creation stands as a resounding testament to Niemeyer's innate genius. The Marquesa Bench holds a position of iconic significance within Niemeyer's illustrious furniture design portfolio. During the 1940s, a multitude of artists across Latin America, captivated by the spirit of modernism, embarked on a systematic exploration of local materials, including the exquisite tropical woods, to forge new and groundbreaking design prototypes. In the case of the Marquesa Bench, the ingenious integration of ebony and straw, harmoniously complemented by the bench's delicately scrolled ends, bestows upon the work a strikingly contemporary and sculptural essence. Furthermore, the sinuous contours of the bench evoke a nostalgic resonance with the exuberant baroque architecture and sculptural masterpieces of Aleijadinho in Ouro Preto, located in the state of Minas Gerais. This harmonious fusion of influences effectively unites the realms of the past and the present, creating a compelling visual narrative. Originally conceived in 1974, the Marquesa Bench embarked upon its production journey in 1978 under the purview of Tendo Brasileira, a manufacturer based in São Paulo that was under the ownership of a Japanese company. However, with the eventual closure of Tendo in the late 1980s, the production of Niemeyer's Marquesa Bench experienced a temporary hiatus, marking the end of an era.
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