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Walnut Wedge Shape End Table Attributed to Merton Gershun for American of Martin

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Handsome wedge or pie shape end, side, or occasional table in walnut with inlaid aluminum X’s attributed to Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville. It is in wonderful vintage condition. The top has been restored and is beautiful, but it still shows signs of age and use. Please see photos, circa mid-20th century. X definitely marks the spot with this fabulous end table! It is attributed to Merton Gershun as its designer and produced by American of Martinsville at the height of their glory during the mid-20th century. Not only is the wedge shape unique on this occasional table, but the signature aluminum X’s placed at its four corners put it in the awesome category. In addition to the pie-shape of the top it has a concave curved front, or narrow end of the wedge, and a convex curve at its back, or wide end. This shape makes it the perfect table to place between a pair of chairs for conversation or the corner of a not quite 90-degree sectional. The flame pattern of its gorgeous walnut veneer is nothing short of magnificent. All of this is supported by great slender round tapered legs. Making the totality simply stunning! Not much was available online about Merton Gershun but his designs for American of Martinsville are incredible and speak to his talent as a furniture designer. He was born August 7, 1909 and passed on January 3, 1989. Although not as currently well-known as other Mid-Century Modern designers, I feel his time is coming. American of Martinsville was established in 1906 in Martinsville, Virginia by tobacco manufacturers, Ancil Witten and Charles Keesee. Early on they produced only bedroom furniture. In the 1920s they expanded their production to include dining room furniture and by the end of the 1950s was vast in their offerings in purpose and style. With the Expansion of travel and roadside motels, they began offering a mass-produced line for the many motels popping up across the country and continued this through the end of the 20th century. In 2000 they were acquired by La-Z-Boy Incorporated and today specialize in furniture for the hotel and healthcare industries. We love this handsome and unique side table and know you will too. Make it yours! Measures: Table • Height 16 inches • Width at front 11.5 inches • Width at back 33 inches • O/A depth 29.5 inches • Weight 19.1 pounds Boxed size: • Height 20 inches. • Width 38 inches • Depth 34 inches • Weight 30 pounds.

Details

  • Creator
  • Attributed to
    Merton Gershun (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)Width: 33 in. (83.82 cm)Depth: 29.5 in. (74.93 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa Mid-20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. It is in wonderful vintage condition. The top has been restored and is beautiful, but it still shows signs of age and use. Please see photos.
  • Seller Location
    Topeka, KS
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 414-TBL-1421stDibs: LU1873315753532

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About the Maker

American of Martinsville

American of Martinsville is today revered as one of the finest manufacturers of mid-century modern furniture in the United States, but its beginnings were unexpectedly humble. Well ahead of the Civil War, tobacco was a cash crop in places such as Virginia, and the plant was grown with frequency on farms in Martinsville and elsewhere. In the early 1900s, the business around tobacco was changing and the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company was expanding nationally, buying any Virginia factories in reach. Former tobacco producers Ancil Witten and Charles Keesee turned away from the business in 1906 and, with merely $30,000 in capital (and the support of local business leaders), began to manufacture bedroom furniture under the name American Furniture Company. In the 1920s, American Furniture Company expanded its offerings from bedroom furnishings. Alongside tallboy dressers and nightstands, Witten and Keesee’s outfit began to offer a range of dining-room sets to the discerning customer. By the 1950s, the name had been changed to American of Martinsville and the brand had gained a reputation for exquisite craftsmanship as well as its variety of furniture styles (Hollywood Regency, chinoiserie). Mass-marketed furniture meant big business in the postwar years and throughout the 20th century in Virginia, and factories owned by companies like Bassett Furniture and American of Martinsville remained busy as suburbanites bought furniture to fill the homes they were moving into. It isn’t difficult to spot American of Martinsville’s sturdy, solid designs — the lacquered walnut nightstands, mahogany coffee tables and more have long earned the admiration of mid-century modernism enthusiasts. The company’s high profile also owes to prominent attributes that distinguish its well-made vintage furniture, such as the use of wooden slats — inspired by Scandinavian modernism — on hutches and cabinet doors, the famous brass x’s inlaid on the tops of tables and dressers and the stately stacked type of the American of Martinsville logo, which usually appears in drawer interiors. The logo prominently features an eagle perched atop the lettering, its broad wings spread across the “American” portion. Besides quality manufacturing, American of Martinsville is additionally recognized for having incorporated the trends of the day. Inspired by designers like George Nakashima and Paul Laszlo, the brand was also known for innovations with wood. Merton Gershun was one of the company’s most prolific designers, and he was responsible for some of its most successful modern furniture lines using the richer, darker woods that would become emblematic of mid-century furniture. Gershun’s most popular line was reportedly Dania, with its sleek walnut credenzas fitted with stylish brass accents and large drawers. Today, American of Martinsville specializes in furniture for the healthcare and hospitality industries. Shop a wide selection of mid-century modern sideboards, dressers and more from American of Martinsville at 1stDibs.
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