Marcel Breuer 1902–1981

Marcel Breuer’s parents encouraged their children to take interest in culture and the arts from an early age, and when the Hungarian born designer turned eighteen he secured a scholarship to the prestigious Fine Arts Academy in Vienna. Uninterested in the lengthy discussions about aesthetic tradition and eager for a more practical education, he took a job in an architectural firm. When a friend told him about a new art school in Weimar Germany called the Bauhaus, Breuer promptly enrolled. Under the guidance of director Walter Gropius, Breuer became one of six apprentices to join the furniture workshop, producing his earliest known design in 1921, the African Chair. Breuer graduated in 1924 and after a brief time in Paris, returned to the school as the head of the of the carpentry worship in 1925. Inspired by his first bicycle, Breuer began working on designs for a chair made of tubular steel. The revolutionary steel club armchair, known as the Wassily, remains one of his most well-known designs to date.

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Auction Results Marcel Breuer

MARCEL BREUER, Rare chaise lounge | wright20.com

Marcel Breuer

Rare chaise lounge

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $81,250
MARCEL BREUER, Delfi table from the Ultrarazionale collection | wright20.com

Marcel Breuer

Delfi table from the Ultrarazionale collection

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $23,750
MARCEL BREUER, dining table | wright20.com

Marcel Breuer

dining table

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $15,600
MARCEL BREUER, desk for Rufus Stillman | wright20.com

Marcel Breuer

desk for Rufus Stillman

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $15,000
MARCEL BREUER, desk chair from Bryn Mawr college, Pennsylvania | wright20.com

Marcel Breuer

desk chair from Bryn Mawr college, Pennsylvania

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $12,500
MARCEL BREUER, furniture set for Bryn Mawr college, Philadelphia | wright20.com

Marcel Breuer

furniture set for Bryn Mawr college, Philadelphia

estimate: $6,000–7,000
result: $11,400
MARCEL BREUER, Balance tapestry | wright20.com

Marcel Breuer

Balance tapestry

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $11,250
MARCEL BREUER, Long chair | wright20.com

Marcel Breuer

Long chair

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,800
MARCEL BREUER, candlesticks, pair | wright20.com

Marcel Breuer

candlesticks, pair

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $9,600
MARCEL BREUER, adjustable armchair, model B7A | wright20.com

Marcel Breuer

adjustable armchair, model B7A

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $9,375
MARCEL BREUER, desk | wright20.com

Marcel Breuer

desk

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $9,000
MARCEL BREUER, lounge chair | wright20.com

Marcel Breuer

lounge chair

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $8,750