R 20th Century
By David A. Keeps Greta Magnusson Grossman (1906-1999) designed houses, interiors and furniture, and though her work often appeared alongside midcentury greats such as Charles and Ray Eames, she never gained the same level of fame as that of many of her contemporaries. Ten years after her death, however, there remains a loyal following of her work. Her walnut and iron desk, circa 1952 for Glenn of California, is an excellent example of Grossman's ability to mix heavy materials in designs that seem weightless. The desktop is supported with a diagonal dowel leg supported by bent iron rods. A box for supplies appears to float above the work surface. A piece like this would command a price of $5,000 or more at dealers such as R 20th Century in New York and Reform Gallery in Los Angeles.
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