Gerald Summers, 1899-1967 | Isokon Trolley
stained ash plywood and brass
68.5cm. high, 95.5cm. wide, 43cm. deep; 2ft. 2½in., 3ft.1¼in., 1ft. 4in.; narrower side: 25.5cm.. deep; 10in.
Conceived circa 1937-1938.
Of attractive sculptural form. 'Limed' surface is of excellent reconditioned appearance. Separations to laminated ply in some areas. Notably to upper corners of top tier and there are some small splits as to be expected to the surface and joins of the ply. Some small areas of remedial work at these sites, including filler and repair. The piece with typical old marks and scratches.
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Probably that illustrated by Derek Ostergard, Bent Wood and Metal Furniture: 1850 - 1946, 1987, New York, p.107 (illustrated)
This example possibly that exhibited, Bent Wood and Metal Furniture 1850 - 1946, September 1986 to October 1988.
(This travelling exhibition was organised by The American Federation of Arts.)
In the 1930's, Gerald Summers (co-founder of Makers of Simple Furniture) and Jack Pritchard (the founder of Isokon) were leading the British Modernist design movement and they were linked by a common material. Gerald Summers designed all the furniture for his company and Pritchard recognised the genius of others, importing Alvar Aalto's work and employing emigrés such as Marcel Breuer to design for Isokon. Furniture by these designers, including this trolley, were incorporated in the most iconic Modernist building in London, the Lawn Road Flats (or Isokon building) in Hampstead, in which both Pritchard and Breuer lived.