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Marianne Brandt
FOUR-PIECE DESK SET
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 3,000 USD
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616
Marianne Brandt
FOUR-PIECE DESK SET
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 3,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important 20th Century Design

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New York

Marianne Brandt
FOUR-PIECE DESK SET
comprising letter rack, blotter, paper tray, and lidded box

letter holder with partial paper label and stamped RUPPEL geschützt 
pen and paper tray and lidded box stamped GMF/geschützt


exotic wood and brass
1 1/4 x 6 1/8 x 5 in. (3.2 x 16 x 12.8 cm), the largest
1930
manufactured by Ruppel, Gotha
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Provenance

Estate of Karl Degenhardt, head bookkeeper at Ruppel from 1929 - 1937

Literature

Ruppel catalogue, 1930 p. 29
Bauhaus Archiv, Dr. Klaus Weber, Die Metallwerkstatt am Bauhaus, Berlin, 1992, p. 183 (for an illustration of the inkwell from the same set)

Catalogue Note

In a letter to Walter Gropius, Marianne Brandt wrote that as new head designer at Ruppel she was experimenting with new materials and techniques in order to incorporate the doctrine of the Bauhaus into the company's product line.  Ruppel had until Brandt's arrival been known for producing inexpensive festive metalware and novelty items.  This set illustrates both the Bauhaus doctrine of functional beauty and Brandt's love for pairing of metal and exotic woods.

Important 20th Century Design

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New York