30 April 2008
GERRIT RIETVELD FOR GERARD VAN DEN GROENIKAN
MILITARY STOOL, DESIGNED 1924, EXECUTED 1920s
painted laminated and solid wood, steel bolts
17¾ in. (46 cm.) high; 15½in. (40 cm.) wide; 17¼ in. (44 cm.) deep
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Peter Vöge, The Complete Rietveld Furniture, Rotterdam, 1993, pp. 63-64, pl. 60 (design illustrated).
In 1923, Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (1888-1964) was commissioned to design furniture for the Catholic Military Home in Utrecht. The horizontals and verticals of these designs are connected by halved joints reinforced with strong nuts and bolts. The tops of the stool and the table and also the seats of the chairs do not rest directly on the verticals, but on a number of slender cross bars, thereby creating a light spatial construction. The Military stool was originally made in various colours: black/white and different shades of grey. Later examples of the stool have a square top whereas the early pieces show a rectangular top as seen in the present lot.
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