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Gerald Summers, 1899-1967 | Isokon Trolley

UK: Greenford Park WarehouseVAT applies to buyers outside the UK

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 GBP

Gerald Summers, 1899-1967 | Isokon Trolley

Gerald Summers, 1899-1967 | Isokon Trolley

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 GBP

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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Barry Friedman Ltd, New York, U.S.;
Private Collection, Michigan, U.S.

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.)

The present lot by Gerald Summers is his only documented contribution to Isokon and the only known period example. It was exhibited at the Bent Wood and Metal Furniture exhibition in the US which travelled to nine institutions over two years. In his accompanying book Derek Ostergard describes it "with a simple sheet of plywood bent into a dynamic S-shaped configuration, Summers partially disguised that form by incorporating three parallel boards into the cart to serve as shelves." 'That form' refers to the latest development in domestic furniture. The household staff upon whom the upper classes had relied for generations were, following WWI, no longer available and adaptations were required to maintain standards of service to guests. Lightweight plywood 'bar carts', 'tea trolleys' or 'dinner wagons' were the ideal solution to assist the host lacking a butler.

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.