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Elephant Chair, 1967

This is a Chair. It is dated 1967 and we acquired it in 1991. Its medium is molded polyester, bent metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

In the 1960s, some artists experimented with furniture design, blurring lines between the professions and questioning the functionalist aesthetics of existing forms. French painter Bernard Rancillac’s sculptural Elephant chair, whose seat is a single sheet of plastic, resembles the animal’s head (backrest), ears (armrests), and trunk (leg rest). The form may reflect Rancillac’s interest in cartoons that he expressed in paintings. This example was from the original limited edition production.

It is credited Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.

  • Long Chair (Estonia), 1936
  • bent birch (frame), bent and molded birch-faced plywood (seat).
  • Museum purchase through gift of George R. Kravis II, Anonymous Donor, and....
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Its dimensions are

Overall: 109 x 143 x 156.6 cm (42 15/16 in. x 56 5/16 in. x 5 ft. 1 5/8 in.)

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Elephant Chair, 1967; France; molded polyester, bent metal; Overall: 109 x 143 x 156.6 cm (42 15/16 in. x 56 5/16 in. x 5 ft. 1 5/8 in.); Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund; 1991-47-6-a,b

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