1st Generation Knoll Associates Marble Tulip Dining Table, 1950s, Triple Signed For Sale
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1st Generation Knoll Associates Marble Tulip Dining Table, 1950s, Triple Signed

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Often considered by designers and collectors as the pièce de résistance of marble dining tables, this 1st Generation, early production year (possibly 1st year of production), triple signed Knoll Associates white marble 'Tulip' dining table is the best example you can get of this particular design. Designers who are looking for the best of the best with a discriminating client where only the best will do, look no further - this is the table for you. One of the most highly coveted vintage-designer items at present, this elegant oval marble top dining table designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll Associates features a broad 78" x 48" oval top Carrara marble supported by a cast iron tulip base. Embossed underneath the hefty cast iron base are the early production model numbers indicating the base is a 1st generation base. And even better, this corresponds to the wood separator that connects to the base which is labelled with the early Knoll Associates "bow-tie" label which has the 575 Madison Avenue, New York address which was the Knoll Associates showroom address that was launched in 1951. While all of Knoll Associates years, prior to changing to Knoll International, are considered 1st Generation, the early years bowtie labels are of the first few years of this design before they changed to the later styled labels. Sitting on top is the large and beautifully veined white Carrara marble which has the red ink "Made in Italy" stamp which indicates that all 3 pieces of this table are fully matched, authentic, and original - and most important, are considered 1st Generation to the design and production years and specifically within the first few years from 1956, possibly a first year production itself. Designers and collectors: it doesn't get any better than this. Saarinen's Tulip designs are one of the most knocked-off designs of the era - we believe it is important to make sure you are purchasing an authentic original so our advice is to be wary of buying an unmarked piece despite what the dealer or gallery may be telling you. These labels also serve as a method to determine when the item was made - so a Knoll Associates (1st Gen) or Knoll International (2nd Gen) label is of great importance - newer production Knoll items from Knoll Inc. and Knoll Studios lack the collectability and rarity of the earlier examples. In addition, the marble tabletop is original and not a newly fabricated replacement - as many other examples you will find are merely someone adding a new marble top to a vintage tulip base. These factors greatly affect the value, collectability and desirability of the piece. Be the envy of your friends and acquaintances by introducing this early production original of a Mid-Century Modern design Classic into your living room, dining room, kitchen, sunroom or as an office desk. This big beauty would also be great in a hospitality or corporate location, such as a boutique hotel lobby, cocktail bar, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a luxe clothing emporium. Can be used as a dining table, breakfast or cafe table, centre table or conference / meeting room table. Consider pairing with something unexpected like our library chairs from Pierre Jeanneret (contact us for details on this set) or go with the Classic choice and contact us for our selection of tulip dining side chairs and armchairs. We always carry a full selection of original and early production tulip side chairs, arm chairs, fully upholstered and seat pad options. Also great options to pair are Knoll Brno chairs, Milo Baughman dining chairs, and MR side chairs from Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Photographed are Milo Baughman chrome dining chairs by Thayer Coggin. Condition: Very good original (vintage) condition. Base shows very subtle signs of discoloration which is to be expected of original unaltered Tulips. Marble top is in very good condition considering its age, with subtle wear. Base can be restored to look like new upon request, however we left it in original condition as this is generally preferred by collectors and many in the design Community. Top can be buffed and polished to look newer upon request, but also we left this in its original unaltered condition for its collectibility value. Measurements: H 29" x W 78" x D 48".

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    Very good original condition, great collectors example, read description for greater condition details.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 29 in. x W 78 in. x D 48 in.H 73.66 cm x W 198.12 cm x D 121.92 cm
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU1330216912031
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About Eero Saarinen (Designer)

Through his work as an architect and designer, Eero Saarinen was a prime mover in the introduction of modernism into the American mainstream. Particularly affecting were the organic, curvilinear forms seen in Saarinen’s furniture and his best-known structures: the gull-winged TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy airport in New York (opened 1962), Dulles International Airport in Virginia (1962) and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri (1965).

     Saarinen had a peerless modernist pedigree. His father, Eliel Saarinen, was an eminent Finnish architect who in 1932 became the first head of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit. The school became synonymous with progressive design and decorative arts in the United States, and while studying there the younger Saarinen met and befriended several luminaries of mid-century modernism, among them Harry Bertoia, and Charles and Ray Eames.

     At Cranbrook, Saarinen also met Florence Schust Knoll, who, as director of her husband Hans Knoll's eponymous furniture company, would put Saarinen’s best designs into production. These include the “Grasshopper” chair, designed in 1946 and so named because its angled bentwood frame resembles the insect; the “Tulip” chair (1958), a flower-shaped fiberglass shell mounted on a cast-aluminum pedestal; and the lushly contoured “Womb” lounge chair and ottoman (1948). In his furniture as in his architecture, the keynotes of Eero Saarinen’s designs are simplicity, strength and grace.

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