The master cabinet maker worked entirely alone. As a result, the planning, execution and finishing of each work was time consuming and costly but flawlessly executed. A client, when commissioning a work, would not be given a date of completion, a cost, or even an idea of the final shape of the piece. To visualise the shape and avoid costly errors, each design was prototyped in a less expensive wood before being executed in a final, more exotic and precious wood. His pieces can be regarded as the pinnacle in both design and craftsmanship in cabinetmaking.
The present lot is accompanied by a group of eight hand written letters from Peder Moos to Dr. Gert Poulsen. The first letter was written on 3 April 1968 with Moos declaring ‘It is becoming a table – so if there is a little money to spare, the table will much appreciate it.’ The correspondence continues for the following seven months. On 30 August, Moos hesitantly reveals the cost: ‘This should be read at the very end, either sitting or lying down and with the finest medical remedies within reach… the table costs DKK 6,000… if only I knew how painful this is.’ Moos viewed the execution of the table as a ‘holy task’ and laid out explicit instructions on how to care for the table after its delivery to ensure longevity. It is clear that these instructions were followed to the letter, as the table remains in the same excellent condition as when it was received by Dr. Poulsen in 1968.
The model was first presented at the Danish Cabinetmakers exhibition in 1942 and is referenced in the Design Museum Danmark Furniture Index under RP04716. The same model was subsequently exhibited at the National Museum in Stockholm (1943) and Nordenfjelske Kunstindustrimuseum in Trondheim (1952).
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