Lot 29
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Christian Eriksson

70,000 - 100,000 EUR
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  • Christian Eriksson
  • Bookcase, 1912
  • Inscribed Bibliothèque dessinée et sculptée par Christian Eriksson, Suédois. Exécutée 1912 par les Frères Eriksson, Arvika, Suède pour M. Jacques Doucet and Réplique de la bibliothèque de Carl G. Laurin, Stockholm. La sculpture représente ses deux fils Cösta et Casimir Laurin on two shelves
  • cerused oak
  • 157 x 142 x 33 cm ; 61 3/4 x 56 x 13 in.
carved ebonised limed oak


Collection of Jacques Doucet, Paris and thence by descent
Maîtres Audap, Godeau and Solanet, Paris, May 27, 1974, lot 112
Galerie Rodolphe Perpitch, Paris
Private collection, Paris, acquired from the above circa 1975-1980


Meddelanden från Svenska Slöjdföreningen, 1899, Stockholm, p. 105 for a picture of Carl Laurin bookcase
Lena Hellström, Bröderna Erikssons möbelverkstad : när Taserudsjugend kom till världen, Karlstad, 2015, p. 196 for a picture of Carl Laurin bookcase

Catalogue Note

Christian Eriksson (1858-1935) was a Swedish sculptor who belonged to a family of cabinet makers based in Arvika. Working alongside his brothers under the name Bröderna Erikssons Möbelverkstad, they designed furniture which often included motifs carved by Christian. Among their clients was the art historian Carl G. Laurin, for whom they designed, around 1899, the first version of the present bookcase which the Svenska Slöjdföreningen (the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design) exhibited the same year. In March 1912, Jacques Doucet commissioned a replica of the bookcase for his Parisian townhouse in rue Spontini. The order is carefully documented in the Eriksson brothers' book of accounts, which is now conserved in the Rackstad Musset in Arvika. The present lot was commissioned only three months before the sale of his classical art collection in June 1912 and foreshadows Doucet's growing interest in the art of his timeWe would like to thank the Rackstad Museet for its help with the cataloguing of this lot