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Lot 0268

Description

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) for the Robert D. Winn House
lounge chair
Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1950
pine
unmarked
24"sq x 28"h

Provenance:
The Collection of Mary Fons, daughter of Robert D. Winn
DuMouchelles, Detroit, Michigan, 20 October 1996, Lot 2317
Private Collection

Condition

Reupholstered. Original finish with some touchup. Structurally sound.

Biography: Frank Lloyd Wright was born on June 8, 1867 in Richland Center, Wisconsin. At age 15, he began studying engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Wright moved to Chicago in 1887 to work for architect Joseph Lyman Silsbee. A year later, he joined the firm of Adler and Sullivan, directly under Louis Sullivan. Wright adapted Sullivan’s philosophy of “form follows function” to his own theory of “form and function are one.” In 1889, Wright married Catherine Lee Tobin, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, and the two moved to Oak Park, Illinois, where Wright constructed his own home and studio from 1889 to 1895. By 1900, Wright had built 60 houses in the area in what became known as the Prairie Style. This aesthetic privileged horizontal, asymmetrical structures rising naturally from the environment comprised of straight lines and geometrical patterns. Between 1905 and 1908, Wright also created the distinctive Unity Temple for his local Unitarian parish in Oak Park. Restless and bored with convention, Wright left on an extended European tour with his married mistress Mamah Borthwick Cheney in 1909. Upon their return, they moved to Wright’s ancestral land in Spring Green, Wisconsin, where Wright had built his famed estate, Taliesin. In 1914, disaster struck when a disgruntled male servant started a fire during lunch and killed seven people, including the former Mrs. Cheney and her children. Because Wright favored designing a single door for all purposes, there was no other escape route. Most assumed this would be the end of Wright’s career, but he persevered and rebuilt Taliesin over the next decade. Wright even remarried a woman named Mariam Noel in 1922. During the Great Depression, he became a social visionary and regained his exalted place in the design world. Wright lectured widely and started the Taliesin Fellowship, bringing students to learn with him and work off their debt. In 1937, Wright ventured to the American Southwest to build his winter home and school, Taliesin West, in Scottsdale, Arizona. By the time of Wright’s death at age 92 on April 9, 1959, he had become internationally recognized for his innovative building style. On October 21, 1959, Wright’s bold spiral design for the Guggenheim Museum in New York City was fully realized. Wright is today arguably the most famous American architect and his name is synonymous with great design because of how seamlessly he integrated form and function.

Starting Bid

$1,000

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Frank Lloyd Wright for the Winn House chair

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000
2d
14h
29m
30s
$3,0004 bids
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