Important 20th Century Design /04 December 2005


KEM Weber

KEM Weber Group sideboard
Grand Rapids Furniture Company
USA, c. 1928
walnut, lacquered wood, glass, silver leaf
36 w × 16 d × 54 h in (91 × 41 × 137 cm)

The Kem Weber sideboard from 1928 is a striking example of Art Moderne design. Weber simplified traditional furniture forms and added bold detailing that emphasizes the horizontal. He achieved a subtle interplay of color and form by combining his signature "Sage Green" lacquer with delicate touches of silver leaf. The rich walnut frieze with zigzag decoration balances the overall effect of the color treatment and adds spare ornament to the otherwise severe form. The horizontal emphasis and the rounded corners of the lower table anticipate the streamline style that came to define the 1930s. A matching serving table from this series is in the collection of The Art Institute of Chicago.

literature: Furniture Record, Sept. 1928, pg. 62Museum Studies, The Art Institute of Chicago, pg. 45

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $9,600

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