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    Sale 7578

    20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    30 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 23

    HENRY VAN DE VELDE

    SIX BLOEMENWERF DINING CHAIRS, CIRCA 1898

    Price Realised  

    HENRY VAN DE VELDE
    SIX BLOEMENWERF DINING CHAIRS, CIRCA 1898
    mahogany, each with close nailed leather seat
    37½in. (95 cm.) high, 17¼ in. (44 cm.) wide, 18½ in. (47 cm.) deep (6)


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    The chair model was originally designed by van de Velde for use in his house, Bloemenwerf, Brussels, 1894-1895. These chairs were produced in ash with woven straw seats. However, further examples were requested by van de Velde's clients in more exotic woods such as padouk and mahogany and with leather or fabric upholstered seats. The mahogany, upholstered versions were originally commissioned for the house of Madame De Craene-Van Mons, Brussels, 1898.

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    Literature

    Klaus-Jürgen Sembach & Birgit Schulte, Henry van de Velde, Cologne, p. 156 (design illustrated);
    Karl Ernst Osthaus, Van de Velde, Berlin, 1984, p. 14 (design illustrated).