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Edward Wormley Dunbar End Side Table with Gertrud and Otto Natzler Ceramic Tiles



This very rare and absolutely stunning Edward Wormley designed end/ occasional table for Dunbar Furniture for their "Janus" collection, circa 1956-1957 comes with inlaid, glazed tiles by famed Austrian/ American ceramists Gertrud and Otto Natzler. A scarce and hard to find combination of Wormley designed furniture with exceedingly rare coral red, eucalyptus stamped raised tiles by the Natzlers. These coral red eucalyptus pattern stamped ceramic tiles are virtually impossible to find. Marked on underside with Dunbar Furniture plaque. This would certainly be the crown jewel in about any setting, modern or otherwise and a must for collectors of Natzler ceramics. Otto Natzler was born in Vienna, Austria and immigrated with his wife Gertrud to America at the advent of WW II. They settled in Los Angeles where they began a ceramics studio. Their now well-documented collaboration lasted over thirty years until Gertrud's death in 1971. Gertrud threw the clay and formed it, while Otto glazed and fired the vessels. Their works are often distinguished by the varied glazes and surfaces. Otto, who was well known for meticulously testing each glaze, applied the glazes with great consideration of the clay form with which it is married to. Otto continued his career after his wife's passing for another 35 years until his own death at the age of 99. The Natzler's work can be found in prestigious collections and museums throughout the world including: The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas Cooper-Hewitt Museum Everson Museum of Art Honolulu Museum of Art Kantonales Gewerbemuseum Los Angeles County Museum of Art Metropolitan Museum of Art Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche Museum of Arts and Design Museum of Modern Art Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Dimensions: 19.5" high, 24" wide, 24" deep.


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 19.5 in. (49.53 cm)Width: 24 in. (60.96 cm)Depth: 24 in. (60.96 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
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  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    In very good vintage to excellent condition with very light natural wear consistent with age and use to top (please see photos) . It is in exceedingly good condition for its age. Almost too beautiful to part with. A true treasure piece overall.
  • Seller Location
    Studio City, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2254317229181

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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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