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Gerrit Rietveld

"Moolenbeek" Lounge Chair and Side Table

Estimate:

25,000

to
- 35,000 USD

Gerrit Rietveld

Gerrit Rietveld

"Moolenbeek" Lounge Chair and Side Table

"Moolenbeek" Lounge Chair and Side Table

Estimate:

25,000

to
- 35,000 USD

Lot sold:

50,400

USD

Gerrit Rietveld

"Moolenbeek" Lounge Chair and Side Table


lounge chair: circa 1942-1943; occasional table: designed circa 1941

the armchair executed by Moolenbeek & Partners, The Netherlands; the table executed by Gerard van de Groenekan, The Netherlands

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lounge chair: 26 x 23 x 27¾ in. (66 x 58.4 x 70.4 cm)

side table: 15 in. (38.1 cm) high; 15½ in. (39.3 cm) diameter

Overall in very good condition. The present lot includes examples of two particularly rare forms characterized by slender slats of basic timber that skillfully create an e­ffective load-bearing structure. The wooden surfaces of the chair and side table both present with light surface scratches and occasional very minor edge abrasions consistent with gentle use. The chair with some stable hairlines to the wood concentrated to the backrest which are not visually distracting. The underside of the chair with an area of sensitive repair to the wooden surface, possibly inherent to the making, measuring approximately 3 x 3 inches and not visible unless the underside of the table is inspected. The underside of the legs with four later protective felt pads. The tabletop presents with a very slight curve to the surface, and with two very fine and stable hairlines, the largest measuring approximately 7 inches long and not visually distracting.




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.

chair:
Collection of the Moolenbeek Family
Christie’s Amsterdam, June 7, 1988, lot 402
Phillips New York, December 4, 2000, lot 95
table: 
Collection of the Moolenbeek Family
Private Collection, Amsterdam
Sotheby's Amsterdam, November 18, 2002, lot 253
Peter Vöge and Bab Westerveld, Stoelen: Nederlandse Ontwerpen 1945-1985, Amsterdam, 1986, p. 67, no. 8
Marijke Kuper and Ida van Zijl, The Complete Works of Gerrit Rietveld, Utrecht, 1992, pp. 206, no. 327-328 (for two related tables from the estate of C. Moolenbeek) and 214, no. 345 (for the chair)
Peter Vöge, The Complete Rietveld Furniture, 1993, p. 125, pl. 244 (for the chair) and 245 (for the table)
Ida van Zijl, Gerrit Rietveld, London, 2012, p. 145 (for the armchair)

Sotheby’s would like to thank Rob Driessen and Jurjen Creman for their assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.


Rietveld’s refusal to enroll in the state-approved trade guilds during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands restricted not only his access to projects, but also to basic materials now increasingly redirected to the war effort. The present armchair formed part of a brief series created specifically for branches of the Amsterdamsche Bank in The Hague and in Amsterdam, and was produced by Moolenbeek & Partners during 1942-1943. With only slender slats of basic timber available, Rietveld skillfully creates an effective and efficient load-bearing structure. The accompanying side table was executed during this same period, for the personal use of the Moolenbeek family.

- S. A.