1950's Credenza Designed by John Keal for Brown Saltman
Mid_Century Modern Credenza designed by
John Keal for Brown-Saltman, circa. 1950's. Beautiful golden mahogany
wood grain with original bent wire hardware. Solid construction using
quality materials. Very good original finish and condition with age
appropriate wear. Measures 60ʺW × 18ʺD × 29.25ʺH.
There is surprisingly little information on the web about this trend-setting company. Brown-Saltman was based in Los Angeles, California. Over the years, the company's name was associated with design legends such as John Keal, Paul Laszlo, Paul T. Frankl, Gilbert Rhode, Hendrik Van Keppel and Taylor Green. In the 1930's, Frankl designed some art deco pieces for Dave Saltman, with production beginning in 1941. The use of mass-production techniques combined with cheaper materials contributed to the minimalist style of American furniture. Tragically, Saltman died in a car crash the day after signing the contract with Frankl. Frankl stayed involved with the company until the end of World War II. From the photo above, the company was still around in the 1970's but disappeared sometime after that. It's products continue to fetch high prices in the collectors' market.