designed 1923, executed circa 1920s-1930s
executed by Gerard van de Groenekan, The Netherlands
painted wood and plywood, steel bolts
17¾ x 17¾ x 15¾ in. (45 x 45 x 40 cm)
Overall very good condition. The wooden surfaces present with scratches, minute abrasions and indentations as well as scattered, extremely fine hairlines concentrated to tabletop and edges of the piece consistent with age and gentle use. The tabletop presents with some minor warping concentrated to one side and consistent with age. The tabletop presents with some light soiling and a ring mark measuring approximately 4 1/2 in. diameter. The upper and lower corners of the legs with some occasional slightly more pronounced abrasions to the wooden surface. As pictured in the catalogue photography, the painted surfaces with scattered losses throughout concentrated to the edges and corners. The bolts and screws are in age-appropriate condition and present with gentle oxidation throughout.
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.
Sotheby’s would like to thank Rob Driessen and Jurjen Creman for their assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.
In 1923 Rietveld was commissioned to design furniture for the Catholic Military Home in Utrecht. The horizontals and verticals of these designs are connected by halved joints reinforced with strong nuts and bolts. The tops of the stool and the table and also the seats of the chairs do not rest directly on the verticals, but on a number of slender cross bars, thereby creating a light spatial construction. The Military stool was originally made in various colors, including black and white, and different shades of grey.
- S. A.