Lot 183
  • 183

GERRIT THOMAS RIETVELD | Zig-Zag Chair from the Birza Residence, Amsterdam

Estimate
25,000 - 35,000 USD
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Description

  • Gerrit Thomas Rietveld
  • Zig-Zag Chair from the Birza Residence, Amsterdam
  • painted wood
  • 29 x 14 7/8  x 16 1/4  in. (73.7 x 37.8 x 41.3 cm)
  • circa 1934-1936

Provenance

Commissioned directly from the artist by Mr. and Mrs. Birza, Amsterdam
Christie’s Amsterdam, European Ceramics, Delftware, Glass, Art Nouveau and Art Deco Including 'The Birza Room,' An Important Collection of Rietveld Furniture, May 27, 1986, lot 148
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Condition

Overall very good condition. This chair was commissioned for the Birza Residence and is presented en suite with lot 182. The painted surfaces with scattered minor scuffs, discolorations, dents, light wear and surface soiling consistent with age and gentle use. There appear to be three layers of paint: the first grey-turquoise (which was possibly a base layer primer), the second a deep green, and third the present grey-white. The white layer with the appropriate signs of age from the period, and it presents with some minor losses concentrated to the edges consistent with age and gentle use. The two earlier paint layers are visible where paint loss has occurred. The paint with some scattered minor cracks, including at the construction seams, along the boards of the seat, and around one wood burl on the backrest (visible in the catalogue illustration) resulting from the natural aging process of the wood. A very fine example of the form with historic commission provenance
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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