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Signed Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Large Size Chinoiserie Table in Etched Bronze

$14,900

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A gorgeous and quite large signed Philip and Kelvin LaVerne chinoiserie style table in patinated etched bronze. This is yet another Philip and Kelvin LaVerne masterpiece in the chinoiserie taste. The entire table is made up of a beautiful patinated bronze, which has been further etched and expertly made with a specialized patination technique to produce a gorgeous multicolored patina over the top of the table. This multicolored patina blend was developed by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne and still hold as their signature design for most of their objects. Philip and Kelvin LaVerne perfects the peter inlaid patinated bronze top design, seen here. This is one of their important and rare tables, du to the fact that it is designed with a French chinoiserie taste in mind, which they generally only accomplished in their most important pieces of artwork. Philip and Kelvin LaVerne did not produce tables and furniture alone, they produced masterpieces of art, and this table is no exception. The multi-tone putter inlaid patina is gorgeous for any home décor. Philip and Kelvin LaVerne perfected this extraordinary design and created new way to produce gorgeous, modern furniture with an 18th century French feel. New York, circa 1960.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm)Width: 60 in. (152.4 cm)Depth: 20 in. (50.8 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Bronze,Pewter,Etched,Inlay,Patinated
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
    1960-1969
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: DD-226-C401stDibs: LU1066621931852

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  • Shipping

    Ships From: New York, NY
  • Return Policy

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

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About the Maker

Philip and Kelvin LaVerne

Look closely at any vintage furniture designed by father-son duo Philip and Kelvin LaVerne and a cacophony of stylistic influences reveals itself.

The LaVernes’ position at the intersection of art and design was the result of their combined backgrounds: Philip (1907–87) studied painting with Ashcan School artist John Sloan at the Art Students League of New York, while his son, Kelvin (b. 1937), attended the Parsons School of Design, taking classes in art history, furniture design and metalwork. The resulting merge of stylistic elements and innovative processes make for singular designs that defy categorization, striking a balance between modern and traditional, intricate and minimal, art piece and functional item. Their work was also strikingly different from the modern furniture created by Philip’s brother Erwine and his wife, Estelle, of Laverne Originals.

The LaVernes began producing one-of-a-kind furniture and sculpture in the mid-1950s out of a studio on Wooster Street in New York City before opening a showroom on Manhattan’s East 57th Street. As their 1960s advertisements declared: “It’s not just functional and not just art, it’s an investment.”

The LaVernes married a stunning array of techniques and styles to achieve their singular, deeply layered look for one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces. Chinoiserie motifs abound on many of their acid-etched tables, but art from ancient Greece and Egypt also served as inspiration. The influence of figurative sculptors is evident in designs like coffee tables and side tables with bronze bodies serving as frames or bases; other pieces, meanwhile, have deeply detailed surfaces and strikingly simple silhouettes.

The duo developed their own unconventional methods — sometimes to an extreme — for finishing their pieces: Techniques employed by the LaVernes included acid washing and burying furniture underground in a mixture of soil and chemicals to achieve a desired patina through oxidation. While they sometimes used pewter and silver, bronze was one of their most commonly employed materials, either etched or cast and sometimes paired with glass tops. Their partnership ended when Philip died in 1987 and Kelvin shifted his practice to sculpture.

Find an extraordinary range of vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne tables, decorative objects and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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