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Harvey Probber Etched Metal Top Coffee Table

$2,400

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A rare coffee table No. 1322 with etched metal top and black ebonized mahogany frame by Harvey Probber, circa 1950s. Clean lined mahogany frame with black ebonized finish. Possibly refinished at an earlier point in this table's life. The intricate etched pewter / aluminum colored metal top was made by artist Arpad Rosti with whom Probber collaborated on several designs in the 1950s and early 60s. Limited production run during this time frame. The etched top features three medallions with abstract floral motif and faux bois effect. This rectangular coffee table measures 14" H x 54.75" W x 19" D. Very good vintage condition with general wear expected from age and use. Some scuffing and scratches to the metal top.

Details

  • Creator
    Harvey Probber (Designer),Arpad Rosti (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14 in. (35.56 cm)Width: 54.75 in. (139.07 cm)Depth: 19 in. (48.26 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    EtchedMetal,EbonizedMahogany
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very good vintage condition with general wear expected from age and use. Some scuffing and scratches to the metal top. Possibly previously refinished. Additional photos upon request.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1543223198272

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    Ships From: Chicago, IL
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Designer

Harvey Probber

A popular designer who had his heyday from the late 1940s into the 1970s, Harvey Probber is one of the post-war American creative spirits whose work has been recently rediscovered by collectors. His designs are by-and-large simple and elegant, but his signal achievement was to pioneer one of the key innovations of mid-20th century furniture: sectional, or modular, seating.Even as a teenager, the Brooklyn-born Probber was making sketches of furniture designs — and selling them to Manhattan furniture companies. He began working as a designer for an upholsterer once he finished high school and, apart from a few evening classes he took as an adult at the Pratt Institute, he was self-taught about design and furniture making. After wartime service — and a stint as a lounge singer — Probber founded his own company in the late 1940s. A lifelong familiarity with the needs of New York–apartment dwellers doubtless sparked his most noteworthy creation: a line of seating pieces in basic geometric shapes — wedges, squares, half-circles — that could be arranged and combined as needed. Modular furniture remained the core idea of Probber’s business throughout his career.As a self-trained designer, Probber was never wed to any particular aesthetic. He preferred simple lines for their inherent practicality, but often used hardware to enliven the look of his pieces, or added elements — such as a ceramic insert in the center of a round dining table — that was visually interesting and could serve as a trivet. He gravitated toward bright fabrics with attractive, touchable textures that might be satin-like or nubbly. Above all, Probber insisted that the products that came out of his Fall River, Massachusetts, factory be built to last. “The quality of aging gracefully,” Probber once told an interviewer, is “design's fourth dimension.” This quality he realized: Probber furniture is just as useful and alluring now as it was when made — and maybe even more stylish.
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