Desk by Marcel Breuer

The desk is a combination of glass, wood and tubular steel, a material popular with the design avant-garde in the 1920s and 1930s.


Sycamore veneered laminated board & chrome-plated tubular steel & glass
75 x 233.5 x 34 cm
Art Fund grant:
£16,068 ( Total: £32,265)
Acquired in:
Sotheby's through H Blairman & Son

The design emphasises the structural and visual distinctions between the steel, glass and wood. This is the desk at which Michael Ventris worked as he deciphered the Linear B script.


Commissioned by Dorothea Ventris, 1936; Michael Ventris; sold with the house by Lois Ventris in 1975; John Renton.

Venue details

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000

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