ALBERT PALEY (b. 1944)
Pair of revolving door pushes, Rochester, NY, 1981; Cast bronze; Unmarked; 43" x 34" x 3"; Provenance: Clyde's Restaurant, Tysons Corner, VA; Cast from a forged and fabricated steel original, these push plates were made for the restaurant's revolving doors. Another cast from the series is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of New York.
Sale Price: $5,625
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,500
Light oxidation and minor dullness to bronze. Some patination due to friction from use. Good vintage condition.
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.