31 October 1996
A burr-walnut and marquetry centre Table
Designed by Oskar Kaufmann, circa 1918
The circular top with carved ebonized border, inlaid in various woods with allegorical female figures and a central star-form pattern, on elaborately carved octagonal pedestal base and foot
30½in. (77cm.) high; 41½in. (105cm.) diameter
By descent from Leo Lewin, Breslau, 1918.
Christie's London, December 13, 1989, Lot 104.
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Oskar Kaufmann was a Hungarian Jewish architect working in Berlin from 1900 to 1933. The present table formed part of the commission for the Haus Lewin in Breslau, created in 1917/8 for Leo Lewin, a leading industrialist and art collector.
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