May 30, 2008

Hmmm: Herman Miller Stuffed Centaur Looks Like Marilyn Neuhart Stuffed Centaur

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Wright20 dates this shaggy centaur stuffed toy to 1961, but for some reason, they don't mention Marilyn Neuhart at all, just Herman Miller, thanks to a label on the back that reads, "Licenciatarios de Herman Miller Industria Argentina Coleccio'n S.A."

It's even odder, because they sold a near-twin of the centaur at auction in 2002 for $2,070, which was described as an "Alexander Girard doll," with Marilyn Neuhart mentioned in the manufacturer's slot. [The hippie girl doll that sold for $1,725 was described the same way.]

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Is this another one of those Gloria Caranica situations where the actual designer gets written out by her male collaborators? Because the way I heard it first, Girard saw Neuhart's dolls, and ordered 2,000 of them for his HM-backed store. What that has to do with Argentina is a mysterioso grande to me. But apparently it means $500 off on all stuffed centaur purchases.

Herman Miller Argentina, c. 1961, silk & cotton, $1,500 at Wright Now [wright20.com]
Previously: Marilyn Neuhart Dolls just like the Girard old days
Crazy Horses: Gloria Caranica gets karmic justice after DWR knocks off her iconic design

3 Comments

It's because Herman Miller is so awesome!We have a Herman Miller store here in Seattle and it is dope.

[whatever dopeness HM is today is just the leftover dregs of their dope cup, which was overflowing back in the day. -ed.]

hi,
yo seem to know quite a bit about the Marilyn Neuhart / Alexander Girard dolls, i bought a stuffed felt owl about 2 years ago at an estate sale in Pasadena CA. and i stumbled across a similar one online, which went at auction in 2002.
i can't seem to find any more information on the piece.

thanks for the time,
-rob

http://www.askart.com/askart/g/alexander_girard/alexander_girard.aspx

Go to the source. Maximo Design is the gallery working with the Girard estate and Neuhart to manage vintage and reissued designs.

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