The FamilyUSA, c. 1969
walnut, rosewood, bleached walnut, wenge, beech
79 w x 52 d x 94½ h in (201 x 132 x 240 cm)
provenance: Altadena Federal Savings & Loan | Dennis Boses, Los Angeles | Private Collection, New York
For more than fifty years, Pamela Weir-Quiton has been creating life size functional wood sculptures. In 1968 her work was selected for inclusion in the California Design X exhibition curated by Eudorah Moore of the Pasadena Art Museum in California. Her life size Georgy Girl doll chests made of rare woods set her apart and her inclusion in the exhibition launched a career with numerous architectural and private commissions including The Shoe Zoo, a collection of thirteen animal sculptures to hang on the wall of the Orbach children’s shoe department and thirty-six foot tall cardboard tube dolls made for the Frank Gehry’s Hollywood Bowl. Weir-Quiton’s work has been featured in numerous publications including LA Times Home magazine, The New York Times and Mademoiselle Magazine, to name a few.
The present lot was commissioned by the architect Charles Kratka for the Altadena Federal Savings & Loan in 1969, just a year after the California Design X exhibition; it was Weir-Quiton’s first architectural commission. Titled, The Family, the work is comprised of a mother, father, daughter and a dog with a rotating head all meticulously crafted out of exotic woods. The sculptural works were stationed in the building’s lobby as a seating place for children and adults alike.