My friend Leigh has incredible taste. I mean, seriously, impeccable taste. I’ve been looking for a barcart for her for (what seems like) ever – and then she sent me this: one of the most perfect barcarts I’ve ever seen. We discussed only briefly before we agreed that this opportunity was too good to pass up!
As it turns out, that texted picture hardly did justice to this incredible mid-century piece! One of the coolest things about this barcart is that, though unsigned, we know about the designer: Tommi Anton Parzinger.
Per the literature attached to the cart: “German furniture designer and painter, born in Munich in 1903, he later moved to New York in 1932, starting his first company in 1939. His works were collected by famous clients, including Billy Baldwin, Marilyn Monroe, and a number of high-fashion New York families. Parzinger’s last showroom, on East 57th Street, was closed not long after his death in 1981. His focus turned to Expressionist painting during the final 15 years of his life, no longer working on designing furniture. Rooted in Viennese style, the main characteristics of the furniture were simplicity and a sense of proportion, rich wood textures ornamented with handmade hardware. His designs for silver, ceramics, lighting and glassware used light and joyful animal or floral motifs.” (source: Neiman Marcus)
Parzinger’s items were “Produced as custom studio pieces or expensive small factory items, Parzinger’s were cosmopolitan-looking designs, involving costly, craft-intensive materials and processes like brass work and lacquer…” (source) He described his style as “stabilized modern, ‘I don’t jump from one thing to another'”. (source)
I would date this barcart to the early- to mid- 1960s, based on the brass finishings, darkly lacquered wood, and general shape and style. If I’m correct, this would be an example of Parzinger’s later works – as he turned his focus to painting around 1966.
From the casters to the patina, this is a truly incredible piece of mid-century design. As perfectly as it fits into Leigh’s classic aesthetic, this barcart truly transcends time. See more about barcarts in this post.