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Chanin Building Gate, 1928

This is a gate. It was designed by René Paul Chambellan. It is dated 1928 and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is wrought iron, bronze. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

René Paul Chambellan designed these gates for the entrance to the executive office suite of the Chanin Building in New York. The radiating-ray design, which connects to Futurism and Cubism, is surrounded by decorative machine cogs, bringing industrial motifs into interiors a year after New York’s Machine-Age Exposition of 1927.

This object was donated by Mr. Marcy Chanin. It is credited Gift of Marcy Chanin.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 189.2 x 114.3 x 11.4cm (74 1/2 x 45 x 4 1/2in.)

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Chanin Building Gate, 1928; Designed by René Paul Chambellan (American, 1893–1955); USA; wrought iron, bronze; H x W x D: 189.2 x 114.3 x 11.4cm (74 1/2 x 45 x 4 1/2in.); Gift of Marcy Chanin; 1993-135-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Opening Our Doors: Selections from the Design Resource Center.

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