Modern Design /07 October 2008


Charles and Ray Eames

prototype three-legged tray table
Evans Products
USA, 1945
molded walnut plywood, zinc-plated steel
35 w × 25 d × 18 h in (89 × 63 × 46 cm)

This exceptional prototype table was designed in 1945 as part of the Eames' low-cost program of plywood furniture. Only two or three of the tables are believed to have been built, one example of which was shown in the late 1945 and 1946 New York exhibitions at the Barclay Hotel, the Architectural League and the famous New Furniture Designed by Charles Eames exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art.

provenance: Charles and Ray Eames | Carl and Dorothy Anderson | Renee and David Kaplan | Neuman Trust Collection

exhibited: New Furniture Designed by Charles Eames, December 1945, Barclay Hotel, New York | New Furniture Designed by Charles Eames, March 13-31, 1946, Museum of Modern Art, New York

literature: Eames Design: The Work of the Office of Charles and Ray Eames, Neuhart, Neuhart and Eames, ppg. 62, 68-69 illustrate this example

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $32,400

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