Art Deco 1926 – 1939

The BBC Royal c. 1926

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The BBC Medalist c. 1926

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The BBC Conqueror c. 1926


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The BBC Regent c. 1926

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The BBC Olympic Club c. 1927

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The BBC Paragon c. 1928


By 1920, Art Deco was stretching past its second decade of influence and furniture manufactures were looking to new materials as a primary departure from their first generation of Art Deco designs.

Brunswick-Balke-Collender Co. (BBC) began using great amounts of inlay (wood marquetry), in the mid twenties. Departing from the simple square and rectangular inlays in the Alexandria and Kling models, their designers used larger geometric designs in very contrasting colors and grains. The Royal, Medalist, Conqueror and Paragon models appeared with convex rather than concave shaped legs and the fore mentioned marquetry. BBC’s first Art Deco styled tables met great success and their Jumbo and Semi Jumbo construction techniques were state of the art.

The standard veneer on the Royal was figured Mahogany with Satinwood inlay and varied types of marquetry lines. The Medalist and Conqueror were offered in book matched Walnut butts, while the Paragon used both fancy Walnut butts and figured Mahogany.

Specialty tables were also available. The Olympic Club of San Francisco ordered the popular Regent table from BBC, customized with Black Walnut veneer and their flying “O” logo instead of the Regent’s normal inlay.

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