Arthur Umanoff Vintage Midcentury Modern Metal Screen or Room Divider

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Arthur Umanoff Vintage Midcentury Modern Metal Screen or Room Divider

5,500.00

Arthur Umanoff Vintage Midcentury Modern Metal Screen or Room Divider
Rare and immaculate example of Umanoff’s distinctive positive/negative chess-piece motif used in a number of his classic metal indoor/outdoor pacifica designs.
Iconic motif calls to mind the timeless Italian Chiavari chair dowel profiles, Fornasetti’s whimsical designs and the surrealist’s appropriation of archetype architectural forms in works from Giorgio di Chirico to Man Ray.  
Here, Umanoff offers a stateside example of playful sophistication lost in so much contemporary modern design but emblematic of the fifties penchant for that rich counterpoint offered by classic forms in the context of postwar structures.
Super sturdy metal screen weighs in at excess of eighty pounds-maybe even a hundred pounds.  
Heavy-duty welded hinges, heavy-gauge sheet metal and solid square stock uprights comprise this Sherman tank more than able to anchor any interior/exterior mies-en-scene with little concern for breezes and less than ideal set up as is the case with so many other screens picked up off the floor one too many times.
No small feat to pick up and move around this bad-boy.
But once you set it down: forget about it.
High density auto-tire-density rubber feet suffered no weathering and show no signs of cracking or dried brittleness; they call to mind those invincible “super balls” that bounced to the heavens-in case you remember those low tech toys of yore. 
Reversible vertical orientation what with heavy duty rubber feet installed at top and bottom.  This yields a shower “leg,” for more blockage at lower extremity and less coverage above with taller open columns up top.  Proportions are best, though, with 6” legs at bottom and 2.5” columns up top.
Condition: Excellent all original condition with negligible mat black enamel paint loss and perfectly working solid hinges.  No bends or dents to frame.  All original rubber feet still intact and buoyant despite age.
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Detailed dimensions:
Folded down for shipping or storage:
72”ht 14”w 3.5”dp
Laid-out-flat-dimensions:
72"ht 42"w 1.25"dp
Individual panels: 13.75”w 63.5”ht
Leg height/clearance: 6” at bottom and 2.5” clearance at top.
Normal dimensions when in use with slight fold for stability:
72”ht 36”w 12”dp

 

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