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Art ➔ Painting, Watercolor, Berkey & Gay

Identifier:
139438
Description:
'The Home of Berkey & Gay Furniture'. Polychrome watercolor, aerial view, detailing factory and offices, lumber yard, subsidiary companies, Grand River, and adjacent neighborhoods. Ogee curved frame with painted gold inner border.;place: Berkey & Gay Furniture Co. ; Grand Rapids Upholstering Co. ; Wallace Furniture Co.;painted as an ad for The Saturday Evening Post; [remained in B & G building until donation]..;Painted by H.M. Pettit as a double page ad for The Saturday Evening Post, advertisement of February 9, 1926. [remained in B & G building until donation].;Signature, lower dexter, front corner: 'H.M.Pettit. '; brass plaque, lower center, front frame: 'THE HOME OF BERKEY & GAY FURNITURE/PAINTED BY H.M. PETTIT/FOR THE DOUBLE PAGE SATURDAY EVENING POST/ADVERTISEMENT OF FEBRUARY 6, 1926'.. |
Date:
November 1925
Materials:
Watercolor Drybrush, Wet Wash, Paper, Composite Board, Wood(frame), Glass
Dimensions:
51" h 111.5" w 1.5" d
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Source:
Gift Of B. & G. Terminal
Rights:

Exhibits/Programs
Furniture City (1994 – 2013)
Furniture City was one of the signature core exhibits installed at the Grand Rapids Public Museum's new Van Andel Museum Center when it opened in 1994.  At approximately 10,000 square feet, the exhibit occupied a significant portion of the museum's second floor and contained hundreds of pieces of Grand Rapids Furniture.  The exhibition was accompanied by the authoritative book on the subject, "Grand Rapids Furniture", by GRPM curator Christian Carron.  The Furniture City exhibit told a comprehensive story of the Furniture Industry in Grand Rapids, from its origins in the years after the Civil War, up to the present day with office and fixed seating manufacturers like Steelcase and American Seating.  The exhibition was significantly reduced in size in 2013 to make room for a new gallery, and was finally closed in 2019.

Furniture Highlights (October 1 2014)
Highlights from the Grand Rapids Public Museum's collection of over 2,000 pieces of furniture.
Makers/Donors
Pettit, H.M.

B G Terminal
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