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House Beautiful: 1950

House Beautiful: 1950

Nov. 12, 1950. "John D. Rockefeller III, residence at 252 E. 52nd Street, New York City. Living room to fireplace with model." Note the Giacometti "Pointing Man." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

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The object on the coffee table...

...is a shmoo.

Musically inclined

It appears that the woman is reading sheet music.

By the fireplace

He's got a genii bottle, no wonder he was so rich!!!

Landmark Designation

The report and approval for Landmark status by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, the year 2000: see it here.

Someone has to ask

What the heck is on the the coffee table?

Eye of this beholder....

All the warmth and ambience of a hospital lobby.

Not a place where I would want to live.

Looks like a very sterile place to me.

The Giacometti is now in MOMA

According to Christie's,

"In 1951, the adventurous American collector Saidie May, an early patron of the Abstract Expressionists, bequeathed another of the bronze pointing men (there are seven casts in all) to the Baltimore Museum of Art; three years later, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller donated her cast of the sculpture to the Museum of Modern Art."

It's still there.

Yowza!

That 20th century life size bronze sculpture (5 ft. 10" high) by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti, just sold yesterday at Christie's for an eye-popping $141.3 MILLION!

[That was another of the six casts made, not the Rockefeller piece, however. -tterrace]

A Johnson Jewel

Every week I take my son to the Turtle Bay Music school at 244 E 52nd. It is directly next to this very building (242, not 252). I had no idea this was a Philip Johnson-designed Rockefeller "crash pad", what a great discovery!

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