Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 11

George Nelson for Herman Miller Miniature Jewelry Chest, 1950

$7,800

About

Unusual chest of drawers by George Nelson for Herman Miller, mid century Elegant chest designed by George Nelson and in very good original vintage condition. It's a rare piece, labelled Hermann Miller collection, Design Eames, which makes it a very early piece also. However the base is certainly by George Miller, the chest seems to be odd and this combination with the drawer configuration has not been confirmed as being from the official series of miniature chests by Nelson that came later. The small handles to pull the drawers and the drawers themselves are to be found with his later miniature chests. There are 2 options for explaining this: it could either be a Frankenstein design with the drawer chest pulled from a different context or it could be a very early piece that was as such not produced often and therefore not even marked as designed by Nelson. It's curious to know in that respect that Nelson in fact gave away his designs and labelled them with bigger names as Eames in the beginning of Hermann Miller collection and his participation to guarantee a better sales result. Either way, it's a very nice piece, working as a small table in a bedroom or cabinet for the hallway. The condition is good to very good with wear to the lacquer but no major blemishes. Dimensions 20.2" x 17.7" x 26.2.

Details

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Vienna, Austria
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn More

About the Designer

George Nelson

Architect, designer, and writer George Nelson was a central figure in the mid-century American modernist design movement; and his thoughts influenced not only the furniture we live with, but also how we live.

Nelson came to design via journalism and literature. Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Yale in 1931, he won the Prix de Rome fellowship, and spent his time in Europe writing magazine articles that helped bring stateside recognition to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Gio Ponti, Le Corbusier and other canonical modernist architects. In the 1940s, Nelson wrote texts that suggested such now-commonplace ideas as open-plan houses, storage walls and family rooms. D.J. De Pree, the owner of the furniture maker Herman Miller, was so impressed by Nelson that in 1944 — following the sudden death of Gilbert Rohde, who had introduced the firm to modern design in the 1930s — he invited Nelson to join the company as its design director.

There Nelson’s curatorial design talents came to the fore. To Herman Miller he brought such eminent creators as Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and the textile and furniture designer Alexander Girard. Thanks to a clever contract, at the same time as he directed Herman Miller he formed a New York design company, George Nelson & Associates, that sold furniture designs to the Michigan firm, as well as its competitor, the Howard Miller Clock Company. Nelson’s New York team of designers (who were rarely individually credited) would create such iconic pieces as the Marshmallow sofa, the Coconut chair, the Ball clock, the Bubble lamp series and the many cabinets and beds that comprise the sleek Thin-Edge line.

For dedicated collectors, as well as for interior designers who look beyond “the look,” there is a “cool-factor” inherent to vintage pieces from George Nelson and others. Nelson was in on it from the start, and it’s valuable to have a piece that was there with him. But still, as is evident from the offerings from dealers on these pages, in any of the designs, in any iteration whose manufacture Nelson oversaw and encouraged, there are shining elements of lightness, elegance, sophistication — and a little bit of swagger. George Nelson felt confident in his ideas about design and didn’t mind letting the world know.

About the Seller
5.0
Located in Vienna, Austria

A destination for collectors, designers and architects from around the world, Derive specializes in carefully curated, unique pieces of postwar and postmodern design from such manufacturers as Lobmeyr, B&B Italy and Maison Jansen and distinguished designers like Josef Hoffmann, Ettore Sottsass and Max Ingrand. Derive also offers a full menu of services, including rewiring, deep restoration, upholstery and customization

Diamond Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 2011
1stDibs seller since 2013
612 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: <1 hour
More From This Seller
  • Oversized Pair George Nelson Chairs for Herman Miller, circa 1965
    By Herman Miller, George Nelson
    Located in Vienna, AT
    Rare pair George Nelson chairs for Herman Miller, circa 1965 Stylish oversized chairs in petrol velvet with brushed steel feet. They are in good original condition with no major fla...
    Category

    Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

    Materials

    Steel

  • Ceramic Table Attr. Rogier Vandeweghe for Amphora, circa 1970
    By Rogier Vandeweghe, Pia Manu, Amphora
    Located in Vienna, AT
    Ceramic table attributed Rogier Vandeweghe for Amphora, Belgium circa 1970 A very well balanced and harmonic table from ceramic tiles in good condition. The table top sits on a floa...
    Category

    Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

    Materials

    Iron

  • Round Rolling Table Sally by Shiro Kuramata for Memphis, 1987
    By Memphis Group, Shiro Kuramata
    Located in Vienna, AT
    Round rolling table sally by Shiro Kuramata for Memphis, 1987 Iconic table 'Sally' by Shiro Kuramata, Japan, 1987 for Memphis. 20.85" glass top comprised of sandwiched laminated g...
    Category

    Vintage 1980s Japanese Post-Modern Side Tables

    Materials

    Metal, Chrome

  • Shiro Kuramata for Memphis Round Rolling Table Sally by, 1987
    By Memphis Group, Shiro Kuramata
    Located in Vienna, AT
    Iconic table 'Sally' by Shiro Kuramata, Japan, 1987 for Memphis. 20.85" glass top comprised of sandwiched laminated glass with an in between layer of shattered glass and colored fi...
    Category

    Vintage 1980s Japanese Post-Modern Side Tables

    Materials

    Metal, Chrome

  • Italian Clear Glass Side Table By Pierangelo Galotti for Galotti & Radice
    By Pierangelo Gallotti
    Located in Vienna, AT
    Nice side or small sofa table from clear glass and brass in good condition.
    Category

    Vintage 1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Side Tables

    Materials

    Brass

  • Pair of Glass Wood Iron Tables, Italy, 1960
    Located in Vienna, AT
    Pair of glass wood iron tables, Italy, 1960 Nice pair of glass and wood coffee tables, priced as a pair. Identical tables both on casters. They can be used as side tables also due t...
    Category

    Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern End Tables

    Materials

    Iron

You May Also Like

George Nelson Herman Miller Miniature Chest # 5215
By George Nelson
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Unusual version of the George Nelson miniature/jewelry chest #5215. This one features the white formica on the bottom of the case not the top as is more typical. Teak wood constructi...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Early George Nelson Thin Edge Jewelry Chest Model 5211 for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Dallas, TX
Early, original George Nelson teak wood thin-edge Jewelry chest model number 5211 for Herman Miller. Signed inside top drawer with original silver Herman Miller Medallion. The cas...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Aluminum

Rare George Nelson Rosewood Miniature Jewelry Chest
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Kansas City, MO
Early George Nelson for Herman Miller Jewelry cabinet. Rosewood drawer fronts, walnut sides and back, white laminate top and original porcelain pulls. Original finish. This is a beau...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Rosewood, Walnut, Laminate, Porcelain

George Nelson for Herman Miller Rare Three Drawer Bachelor's Chest
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in East Hampton, NY
George Nelson cabinet by Herman Miller, walnut wood case with three drawers with black finish, original zinc hairpin legs, signed with foil label, 34"w x 18.5"d x 32.5"h. RARE! in ve...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Metal

George Nelson for Herman Miller Dresser Cabinet
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This Mid-Century slat leg dresser by George Nelson features the iconic side by side design optimizing drawer and cabinet storage in a stylish package. Unique pulls further add to the...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Stereo Cabinet by George Nelson for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Belmont, MA
Stereo cabinet by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Original radio and record player intact. Two pieces.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Oak

Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Thin Edge Jewelry Cabinet for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A completely restored original 1952 jewelry cabinet designed by George Nelson and produced by Herman Miller. It features walnut and teak case, white swag leg pedestal base, and porce...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Steel

George Nelson Steel Frame Cabinets for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
First year production George Nelson Steel Frame Case series cabinet. Sky blue sides and facade available with either the white steel frame/black linoleum top configuration or the...
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Steel

Pair of George Nelson for Herman Miller Bureau /Cabinets
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Westport, CT
Pair of George Nelson for Herman Miller bureau cabinet storage units, polished handles light colored birch with and black feet.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Metal, Chrome

George Nelson for Herman Miller Modular Cabinet and Bench
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern storage cabinet set on a refinished black slat bench. Cabinet can be removed or re-positioned on bench, adjustable shelf, metal door pulls. Cabinet: 34"w 18.5"d 24...
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Recently Viewed

View More

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery