designed and executed circa 1946-1950
executed by W.C. Hulsman, Amsterdam
painted plywood, laminated wood
24⅛ x 25½ x 20¾ in. (61.4 x 64.7 x 52.7 cm)
Overall in very good condition. This rare model, of which ten examples are known to exist, skillfully incorporates modern plywood-bending technology to deliver a design assembled from the minimum number of components with no visible means of connecting. The wooden surfaces are in age-appropriate condition overall and present with light surface scratches, occasional dents and abrasions concentrated to the edges and corners of the chair, consistent with gentle use. The back of the seat presents with one slightly more pronounced abrasion to the wood measuring approximately 1/2 inch wide. When viewed firsthand, the painted surface presents with a beautiful combination of off-white and light cerulean blue. The combination of white and blue correspond to the original color palette of the chair. Indeed, upon acquiring the work in 2002, the present owner employed a conservator to remove a later layer of white paint that had been applied onto both sides of the chair at a later date. On removing this later layer, the present first-generation blue paint, as shown, was revealed and subsequently stabilized and restored. The painted surfaces retain a bright appearance throughout with some occasional paint losses concentrated to the edges and corners of the piece. The edges of the piece with older in-fill repairs, most visible on the legs of the chair. An incredibly rare example of the model in well-preserved, functional condition.
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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.