A suite of wrought-iron furniture manufactured by Leinfelder & Sons of Lacrosse, WI, comprised of one curved settee, one round dining table, and two armchairs, ca. 1930. Table is 29 ins. high and 48 ins. in diameter. Curved bench is 32 ins. high, 93.5 ins. wide, 46 ins. deep. Chairs are 32 ins. high, 20 ins. wide, 22 ins. deep.
Joseph J. Leinfelder & Sons was primarily an industrial sheet metal business that for one short period (1925-1939) produced an array of imaginative and stylish wrought-iron furniture and accessories. The line was represented by Mary Ryan, a dealer based in Chicago and New York, and sold by such retailers as R.H. Macy & Co. and Neiman Marcus. Cyril Leinfelder, the creative genius behind the designs, had a knack for melding traditional design motifs with a modern design sensibility. The 1933 catalog (the first to be produced) notes, “19th-century designs are immense favorites... The trick is to interpret our adaptations of Victorian and French Empire patterns in materials and colors that give lightness and suggest the modern spirit”.
This particular suite, called the Sheraton suite, appears in Leinfelder’s 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, and 1937 catalogs. Although the set could be purchased in a wide range of color finishes, including Petunia Pink, Yellow, Hydrangea Blue, Lime Green, Sea Green, and Haiti, the catalog suggests that the most suitable colors for this particular design were Black, White, or dark Regency Green.
The strapwork style of this suite takes its inspiration from early nineteenth-century English wrought-iron Regency seats.
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