4 November 2014
GERRIT THOMAS RIETVELD (1888-1964)
A RARE OPEN ARMCHAIR, 1942
ash and birch-veneered plywood, with brass nails
41 ¼ in. (104.8 cm.) high; 22 ¼ in. (56.7 cm.) wide; 23 ¼ in. (59 cm.) deep
Commissioned from the designer, 1942;
Thence by descent.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
+44 (0)20 7752 3380
Similar example illustrated:
M. Kuper, Van Zijl, Gerrit Thomas Rietveld 1888-1964, Utrecht, 1992, p. 212, cat. no. 340;
P. Vöge, The Complete Rietveld Furniture, Amsterdam, 1993, p. 122, fig. 238.
Designed during the height of the occupation of Holland when materials were at a premium, the first example of this form was created for Rietveld's long-standing client, Mrs Schröder. According to Vöge (op. cit.), only one other example, the present lot, was made. The application of a lattice of plywood straps to achieve the curvature of the back describes a strong graphic quality that is accentuated by the sharply angular statement of the arm supports, placing the chair as a unique variation within the designer's boldly stylistic narrative.
The Art + Tech Summit: The A.I. Revolution at Christie's New York on 25 June will explore the impact of artificial intelligence in art
Specialist Jonquil O’Reilly and the curator of Balenciaga and Spanish Painting discuss the exhibition and how Old Master paintings influenced the designer
Design specialist Beth Vilinsky illuminates the origins of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s masterpiece, illustrated with upcoming lots at Christie’s
Andrew Graham-Dixon argues its diversity of artistic styles makes a powerful case for religious and cultural tolerance
Strong results for Dubuffet, Basquiat and Bacon as Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction in London totals £45,179,450
Ahead of the Art + Tech Summit, Hyundai Motor’s Chief Marketing Officer discusses the intersection of art and technology