Early Dunbar Cocktail Table For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 4 images

Early Dunbar Cocktail Table

About

An early example of Edward Wormley's transition to modern furniture design. Mahogany frame with inset leather top. Dunbar brand to underside.

Details

  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1945
  • Period
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    great original finish was cleaned and oiled. Leather top is in remarkably good shape.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 18.5 in. x Dm 34 in.H 46.99 cm x Dm 86.36 cm
  • Diameter
    34 in. (86.36 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU80023428822
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with you and the seller to reach an optimal resolution. Read more

Delivery, Returns & Payment

  • Delivery
    Rates vary by destination and complexity
    Shipping methods are determined by item size, type, fragility and specific characteristics.
    Shipping costs are calculated based on carrier rates, delivery distance and packing complexity.
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Edward Wormley (Designer)

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 these pages demonstrate, Edward Wormley conceived of a subdued sort of modernism, designing furniture that fits into any decorating scheme and does not shout for attention.

About the Seller

5 / 5
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2004
Located in Hudson, NY
Associations:
20th Century Specialists
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Early Dunbar Mahogany Coffee Table

Early Dunbar Mahogany Coffee Table

By Dunbar Furniture
$7,200
Early Dunbar Mahogany Coffee Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Simple early modern design by Edward Wormley for Dunbar distinguishes itself my its great proportions, chunky geometric shape, and wonderful dappled mahogany veneer. Original finish ...
Dunbar Chrome and Walnut Occasional Table
Dunbar Chrome and Walnut Occasional Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Chic and rarely seen Edward Wormley design that can function as a lamp table, end table or small cocktail table. Dunbar label on bottom.
Early and Rare Harvey Probber Cocktail Table
Early and Rare Harvey Probber Cocktail Table
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1940s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Sculptural coffee table base in black lacquered solid oak with 1" plate glass top. An important design from Probber's experimental early period, after his return from Paris in the la...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Occasional Table
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Occasional Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
From the 1957 Janus line, this elegant side or snack table has a burl Carpathian Elm top on dark stained mahogany tripod base. Dunbar gold metal tag to the underside.
You May Also Like
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cocktail Table

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cocktail Table

By Dunbar Furniture
$6,500 Sale Price
31% Off
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cocktail Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Walnut
Edward Wormley walnut table in dark brown finish with Carpathian elm top and brass sabots, label, model number 6007.
Edward Wormley Cocktail Table, Dunbar 1950s
Edward Wormley Cocktail Table, Dunbar 1950s
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cocktail table designed by Edward Wormley and manufactured by Dunbar.
Dunbar Cocktail Table Designed by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Cocktail Table Designed by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut, Mahogany, Brass
A very handsome cocktail or coffee table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. This example has a walnut veneered top that's banded with mahogany. Dunbar metal tag is attached bel...
Rare Dunbar Cocktail Table with Gold Glass Tiles
Rare Dunbar Cocktail Table with Gold Glass Tiles
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A very rare and unusual Edward Wormley for Dunbar cocktail table with gold glass tiles. Possibly a unique example. Gorgeous.
Cocktail Table #427 by Edward Wormly for Dunbar
Cocktail Table #427 by Edward Wormly for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rectangular table of mahogany with inset walnut panels on top. Double sided centre drawer and great detailing.
Edward Wormley Marble Coffee Table/Cocktail for Dunbar, Labels
Edward Wormley Marble Coffee Table/Cocktail for...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Marble
Amazing black with white and cream vanes marble top, (one of the best grades in marble in the world) coffee table designed by Edward Wormley.
Early Edward Wormley Dunbar Long Oriental Cork Coffee Table
Early Edward Wormley Dunbar Long Oriental Cork ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Early Edward Wormley Dunbar long oriental cork coffee table. Early green rectangular label attached. This version of this table is rarer in the longer length. Measures: 62" x...
Early Dunbar Cocktail or Coffee Table Designed by Edward Wormley
Early Dunbar Cocktail or Coffee Table Designed ...
Edward Wormley
20th Century American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Metal
A hard-to-find elegantly simple design by Edward Wormley. Metal frame supports a glass top, which appears to be original. Figured maple lower shelf molded with number 4610 followed b...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries