A Philip and Kelvin LaVerne bronze coffee table

Circa 1969
With incised signature and numbered illegibly [possibly 70 or 16 and III]
The "Persephone Enslaved" table with the base in the form of a recumbent female nude figure with free-flowing rope supporting an organically shaped glass top
17.75" H x 38" W x 26" D

  • Notes: Philip (1907-1987) and Kelvin LaVerne (b. 1937) are a father-son team who started creating their furniture designs in 1960 out of a studio in New York City. Philip studied art at the Arts Student League in New York, while his son Kelvi, who attended City College in New York City and Parsons, majored in metal sculpting and furniture design.

    Drawing upon their unique talents, the collaborative design duo continually experimented with various techniques that they selectively employed in their designs. While Philip focused on the artistic elements and subject matter, his son Kelvin worked on translating his father's vision into functional furniture designs. As a result, they became known for incorporating multiple mediums -- such as pewter, patinated bronze, and silver" into a single unified furniture design. Their sources of inspiration varied greatly, and the pair often drew upon Classical motifs and those from Chinese, Egyptian, and Greek cultures.

    Cast bronze tables with a figural sculptural base, such as "Persephone Enslaved," are rare within LaVerne's body of work. As manufacturing such tables was time-consuming, expensive, and laborious, coffee tables such as Persephone Enslaved were produced in small editions for only a few years during the 1970s.
  • Condition: Overall good condition with oxidation to bronze commensurate with age. Glass top with scattered scratches and fleabites; with a 1" chip and a 1" conchoidal fracture to edge.

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