Steltman Chair (Left)
Steltman Chair (Left)
designed 1963, executed 1965-1970
executed by Gerard van de Groenekan, The Netherlands
branded H.G.M./G.A. v.d. GROENEKAN/DE BILT NEDERLAND
27½ x 19¼ x 17½ in. (69.8 x 48.8 x 44.4 cm)
Overall in very good condition. The present “Steltman” chair and the previous lot, each respectively conceived as left and right-hand versions, provide collectors with the opportunity to acquire a complementary set consistent with Rietveld’s original concept for the Steltman Jewelry Shop in The Hague. The wooden surfaces present with light surface scratches, extremely small edge abrasions concentrated to the legs and to the base, consistent with gentle use. The wooden surfaces present with some very fine and stable hairlines throughout, consistent with age and the natural evolution of the medium. The proper right edge of the seat with a concentration of small and stable hairlines, the largest continuing down on the leg and measuring approximately 2 inches long. The present lot presents with a whiter color to the paint when compared to the following lot. The painted surfaces are in age-appropriate condition with some occasional light fading concentrated to the edges and corners of the work. A well-preserved and functional example of Rietveld’s celebrated last design.
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.