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BELTZIG, Gunter
A WHITE-FIBREGLASS FLORIS CHAIR
designed 1967, manufactured by Gebruder Beltzig, Wuppertal, of sinuous organic form, together with a prototype white-fibreglass occasional table, with circular, moulded top on three chanelled legs, 30in. (77cm.) wide
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Provenance
PROVENANCE: the Floris chair acquired directly from a former employee of Gebruder Beltzig; The table acquired directly from the owner of the first workshop rented by Gebruder Beltzig.


Literature
The Floris chair was first exhibited at the Cologne Furniture Fair of 1968. Information from the archives of Gebruder Beltzig suggests that between 35 and 50 of these chairs were manufactured in total. The chair could be commissioned in a range of colours, including red, green, orange and yellow. Gunter Beltzig has suggested that a maximum of 5 or 6 of these chairs were finished in white. The location of two other examples of the white version of this chair are known, both are in private collections. The location of any other possible examples finished in white is not known. An unusual and elegant chair, Floris was concieved initially as a device to draw media attention to the range of outdoor and children's furniture then produced in limited quantity by the Beltzig brothers. The chair's form was determined by moulds that were taken of Gunter Beltzig's body.
The table was one design from a range of furniture intended for outdoor use that also included stacking chairs, stools, and combined seating-and-table arrangements. The unpolished, greyish nature of the fibreglass table to be offered is indicative of a prototype.
In 1990 the gallery Wolfgang F. Maurer of Munich reissued, with the agreement of Gunter Beltzig, a limited edition of 100 examples of the original Floris chair, each finished in red GRP plastic.

Cf.L'Utopie de Tout Plastique, Decelles, FPA Bruxelles, 1994, p.76 for similar example illustrated
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