Drawing, Design for a Radio Cabinet, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice S. Benjamin Apartment, 211 Central Park West, New York, NY
In 1929, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice S. Benjamin commissioned architect Ely Jacques Kahn to design their apartment in The Beresford building in New York City. For this drawing, Kahn adjusted his original design of the radio cabinet’s doors and feet in response to feedback from his clients. The cabinet’s light walnut wood in a waxed finish matched the woodwork throughout the living room, and the carved details at the cabinet’s edges and feet matched the room’s decorative trim and echoed motifs of its four ornamental grilles.
It is credited
Gift of Mrs Maurice Benjamin.
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Its dimensions are
H x W: 35.5 × 50 cm (14 in. × 19 11/16 in.) Mat: 40.6 × 55.9 cm (16 × 22 in.)
It has the following markings
Stamp in black ink, lower right, with graphite markings: MAURICE BENJAMIN APTMT / BUCHMAN & KAHN / ARCHITECTS / 2 PARK AVENUE.
It is inscribed
Inscriptions with dimensions throughout drawing. Inscribed in graphite, at center: WOODWORK - WALNUT TO MATCH OTHER WOOD IN LIVING RM / REMODELLING OF RADIO CABINET / SCALE 1 1/2" = 1'-0"
Cite this object as
Drawing, Design for a Radio Cabinet, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice S. Benjamin Apartment, 211 Central Park West, New York, NY; USA; graphite on tracing paper; H x W: 35.5 × 50 cm (14 in. × 19 11/16 in.) Mat: 40.6 × 55.9 cm (16 × 22 in.); Gift of Mrs Maurice Benjamin; 1991-43-7