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Table - Model HT9

Model HT9

  • Object:

    Table

  • Place of origin:

    Oldbury (made)

  • Date:

    1931-1932 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bernard, Oliver, born 1881 - died 1939 (designers)
    Pel Limited - Pel Furniture (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chrome-plated tubular steel and glass

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Pel Ltd

  • Museum number:

    W.82:1, 2-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The base of chrome steel tubing is formed as one continuous length. The four legs are elongated U-shapes on one facing each side of the cube described by the base. The legs are connected by straight framed elements in curved joins. Small holes are drilled at the bottom of each feet. At each corner the frame is drilled with holes in which whitish nylon plastic suction pads are fitted. The square top is black glass with a smooth shiny top. rounded corners and grooved lower surface made flat where it touches the suction pads.

Place of Origin

Oldbury (made)

Date

1931-1932 (made)

Artist/maker

Bernard, Oliver, born 1881 - died 1939 (designers)
Pel Limited - Pel Furniture (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Chrome-plated tubular steel and glass

Dimensions

Height: 21 in, Width: 27 in, Depth: 27 in

Historical context note

The table was one of the first ranges to be manufactured entirely by Pel under the guidance of their first designer Oliver Bernard. This piece like the others in the first catalogue fit in with Bernards style which was characterised by gracefully-inflected curves - a frankly decorative use of the material. The whole range was to be called 'Harmony' furniture. Although this idea never materialised the Pel table retained their 'HT' coding (Harmony Table).

Descriptive line

model HT9; British 1931-2, des. O.Bernard ?, man. Pel

model HT9; British 1931-2, des. O.Bernard ?, man. Pel

Labels and date

Table (Model HT9)
Probably designed by Oliver Bernard (British, 1881-1939)
Manufactured by Pel (Practical Equipment Ltd), Oldbury, Warley, West Midlands
Chrome-plated tubular steel and glass
1931-32

Like much British tubular steel furniture, this table was directly imitative of Continental furniture designed in the 1920s. In this case, the original design was that of Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer. [1989-2006]

Materials

Tubular steel; Glass

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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