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ALBERT PALEY (b. 1944)

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ALBERT PALEY (b. 1944)

Estimate: $7,500 - $10,000

Massive andiron, Rochester, NY 1979
Forged and fabricated steel
Unmarked
44 1/2" x 44 1/2" x 30"
Provenance: Clyde's Restaurant, Tysons Corner, VA

Light to moderate oxidation to rear portion due to heat exposure, otherwise good overall condition.



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Lots 1163 through 1171 were part of an impressive multi-year commission that, in addition to the architectural columns and the railings, also included door handles, table legs, a fireplace andiron, and a fountain for the interior of stylish Clyde's Restaurant in Tyson's Corner, VA outside of Washington, D.C. The restaurant was designed by the late John Richard Andrews, who became known in the city as "Clyde's Architect." Clyde's CEO John Laytham contracted Paley to design the interior. Beginning in 1979 with the columns and railings and ending in 1981 with push plates for the revolving doors, it was Paley's first use of repetitive elements in a design. Each component incorporates organic and sinuous lines, hallmarks of his elegant yet powerful creations. The restaurant opened in 1981, closed in 2017, and was well-known for its upscale roadhouse feel and eclectic décor.