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Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mahogany Drop Leaf Bar Cart Model 4487, circa 1950

$6,400

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This beautiful Dunbar Model 4487 bar cart was designed by Edward Wormley in the early 1950s and features the iconic and whimsical silhouette form made from bent mahogany wood. Dunbar produced some of the most elegant and sought after midcentury furnishings of the time, and this bar cart exemplifies the merger of artful design with function. The bentwood frame is complimented by curved drop leaves that add counter space for preparing your favorite cocktails or for displaying tasty hors d'oeuvres. The top shelf is made of glass - which makes clean up easy and worry free with no risk of staining. Ready to serve? Bottom trays are removable for presentation and for serving your guests. Casters make it easy to roll the bar cart up to center stage for entertaining and returning it to its desired place. In terms of finish and condition, this 1950s Dunbar bar cart was professionally restored and re-stained to its original Dunbar finish. It's in great condition with no scratches or damage to the wood frame. To get your wheels turning and for inspiration, we styled our bar cart with vintage midcentury glassware, a Feldman lighting brass lotus candlesticks, and some Veuve Clicquot of course. Want to see more beautiful things? Scroll down below and click "View All From Seller" or favorite our shop to get your 1stDibs on our new inventory.

Details

  • Creator
    Dunbar Furniture (Maker),Edward Wormley (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.5 in. (74.93 cm)Width: 48.5 in. (123.19 cm)Depth: 38.25 in. (97.16 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. This beautiful Edward Wormley for Dunbar bar cart is in excellent condition having been professionally restored and re-stained to its original style.
  • Seller Location
    Saint Louis, MO
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4235122242702

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    Ships From: St. Louis, MO
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About the Designer

Edward Wormley

As the longtime director of design for the Dunbar furniture company, Edward Wormley was, along with such peers as George Nelson at Herman Miller Inc., and Florence Knoll of Knoll Inc., one of the leading forces in bringing modern design into American homes in the mid-20th century. Not an axiomatic modernist, Wormley deeply appreciated traditional design, and consequently his work has an understated warmth and a timeless quality that sets it apart from other furnishings of the era. Wormley was born in rural Illinois and as a teenager took correspondence courses from the New York School of Interior Design. He later attended the Art Institute of Chicago but ran out of money for tuition before he could graduate. Marshall Field hired Wormley in 1930 to design a line of reproduction 18th-century English furniture; the following year he was hired by the Indiana-based Dunbar, where he quickly distinguished himself. It was a good match. Dunbar was an unusual firm: it did not use automated production systems; its pieces were mostly hand-constructed. For his part, Wormley did not use metal as a major component of furniture; he liked craft elements such as caned seatbacks, tambour drawers, or the woven-wood cabinet fronts seen on his Model 5666 sideboard of 1956. He designed two lines for Dunbar each year — one traditional, one modern — until 1944, by which time the contemporary pieces had become the clear best sellers. Many of Wormley’s signature pieces are modern interpretations of traditional forms. His 1946 Riemerschmid Chair — an example is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art — recapitulates a late 19th-century German design. The long, slender finials of his Model 5580 dining chairs are based on those of Louis XVI chairs; his Listen-to-Me Chaise (1948) has a gentle Rococo curve; the “Precedent” line that Wormley designed for Drexel Furniture in 1947 is a simplified, pared-down take on muscular Georgian furniture. But he could invent new forms, as his Magazine table of 1953, with its bent wood pockets, and his tiered Magazine Tree (1947), both show. And Wormley kept his eye on design currents, creating a series of tables with tops that incorporate tiles and roundels by the great modern ceramicists Otto and Gertrud Natzler. As the items on 1stDibs demonstrate, Edward Wormley conceived of a subdued sort of modernism, designing furniture that fits into any decorating scheme and does not shout for attention.
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