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Mid-Century Sideboard in Black Lacquer with Greek Key Detail by James Mont

$18,475

About the Item

This stunning Mid-Century Modern black lacquer sideboard was realized by the legendary designer James Mont in the United States circa 1950. The hind legs of the piece are straight, volumetric rectangular forms, while the front legs have two L-shaped embellishments shooting out from the central stem- offering additional support and obliquely recalling elements of historical antique Chinese design motifs. The center of the piece is recessed, while the two sides are fitted with doors that open to reveal recessed shelves on the left and drawers on the right. The front of the doors offer traditional Kantharos Greek urns with stylized handles culminating in Greek Key forms (a whimsical, tongue in cheek play on a classical motif). Additionally, there is a geometric border at the apex of the piece, suggesting a deconstructed Greek key motif. The piece is fitted with a smoked mirror top that offers a striking contrast to the black lacquer throughout the piece. Mont was renowned for assimilating elements of classical, orientalist, and Art Deco design into a modern sensibility, using the most luxuriant materials available, a style he termed "Chinese Modern." Mont's pieces filled the interiors of the "who's who" in midcentury America, from East Coast Mafia tycoons to Hollywood's elite. This iconic and dramatic piece exemplifies the qualities that collectors treasure in Mont's practice. The high keyed contrast of the radiant black lacquer finish and gilt recalls the opulent interiors of an Oriental palace. The geometric linear forms suggest a deconstructed Greek key motif. This rare item, by one of the most iconic figures in Mid-Century Modern furniture, represents an incredible find for any true collector of the period. It is also a great statement piece for any interior space where sophisticated decadence is paramount. This piece has been restored to mint condition. American, circa 1950 Dimensions: height: 33.5" x width: 70" x depth: 20.5" (black glass mirrored top)
  • Creator:
    James Mont (Designer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 33.5 in (85.09 cm)Width: 70 in (177.8 cm)Depth: 20.5 in (52.07 cm)
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
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  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    circa 1950
  • Condition:
    Refinished.
  • Seller Location:
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU793431326572

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