SC Johnson vs. Sotheby’s suit settled

Photo and text (c) Mark Hertzberg

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SC Johnson filed a request Tuesday for discontinuation of its lawsuit against the Sotheby’s auction house and a California man filed in Federal Court in New York in December. The lawsuit was filed after a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed desk and desk chair from Wright’s SC Johnson Administration Building were listed for sale by Sotheby’s. The items are back in Racine.

The company released this statement late Tuesday in reaction to the court filing, “We’re pleased with the settlement outcome. Frank Lloyd Wright designed furniture is an important part of our company’s legacy. The furniture was designed in 1938-39 as part of Wright’s vision for the Administration building. We are happy that chair and desk have been returned to SCJ and our legacy has remained intact.“

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