Ernest Race Set of five BA23 aluminium chairs. Circa 1945-64.
The BA23 was one of the first mass-produced, cast aluminium chairs in the world – Over 250,000 were manufactured. Wood was scarce in 1945 and the British Government encouraged manufacturers to use new materials that were more available – like aluminium – which was plentiful due to the decommissioning of weapons and aircraft. It was an immediate success, becoming the showpiece of the ‘Britain Can Make It’ exhibition of 1946.
The chairs are in original condition with definite signs of age and use.
Two Mid-century Dutch Abstract Expressionist Bronze Sculptures
Wim Rijvers (Netherlands, 1927-2010)
Two c20th bronze abstract expressionist sculptures by established Dutch/Belgian sculptor Wim Rijvers. One is monogrammed by the artist and dated 1980; the other one is believed to have been made a year earlier in 1979.
A French solid oak table with a Brutalist simplicity. The table is completely held together using traditional pegged joints rather than nails or glue that lock into place when the table is set into position. Its few features include lengthened integrated cross bars and carved planes to the inside of each leg.
Dutch designer and sculptor Tjalling Idenburg (1947-2007) taught at the TU in Delft in the Industrial Design department, as coordinator of “Products and Prototyping” in the master’s programmes. It was in this area that he was active as a furniture designer and sculptor in the fields of minimal art and spatial design. This chair labelled with the designers name and the date 1983 is believed to be from a very limited production/ or possibly a prototype for UMS Pastoe. Condition A/F. ~ It would benefit from some care and attention.
Midcentury plywood prototype chair by Dutch architect Gunnar Daan (1939-2016) This child’s high chair is believed to be a prototype for the later high chair produced by Metz & Co in 1966. The design was conceived by Daan for his own children and was to be manufactured from a single sheet of plywood with as little wastage as possible.
A very rare piano stool by Dutch architect and interior designer Wim den Boon. This stool was designed as part of a complete interior in the late 50s. The only other one we know of was a white version owned by Den Boon for his own use (documented in the Den Boon archive at the NI in Rotterdam). Full provenance is available.
In 1945 Den Boon founded ‘Groep &’ together with Hein Stolle and Pierre Kleykam’. The group’s ambition was to continue the purist and functionalist prewar ideals and aesthetic into the postwar period, or ‘reconstruction period’ in The Netherlands. Many of the group’s designs can be seen in the Goed Wonen magazine of which Den Boon was the editorial secretary from 1948-1950 and for which he wrote several articles.