_A 1960s-70s low table. The table could be said to have a nautical theme running through it with its shaped ship like form and refracted light between the glass and table. It has visual similarities to Isokon furniture and to that of the Irish designer Max Clendinning from the 1960s.
Painted moulded plywood with ocean glass top. 131.5 x 58 x 32cm.
Under the supervision of Benedictine monk/ architect Dom Hans vd Laan, a series of furniture was made by the Dutch company Gorisse in the late 1970s- early 1980s for the purposes of exhibition (catalogue images 1&5). This table and benches (and three stools not shown) were either the pieces shown in the exhibition/catalogue, or they were commissioned from Gorisse at the time. The pieces differ from the normal plank constructions in that they have completely flat, panelled exteriors which gives them a much simpler, pared down aesthetic. . Ref: Exhibition catalogue__Dom Hans van der Laan. Modellen en meubels. Abdij St. Benedictusberg. 1982
BROOCH WITH SMOKY QUARTZ GEMSTONE. 1970-1974. Brooch made of silver plate with finely engraved net decoration, set with cabochon-shaped smoky quartz gemstone. Artist’s original by most famous Slovak jeweler Anton Cepka. Ag 900/1000. Total weight 140 g, length 11,6 cm, height 4,7 cm.
Compare with: H. W. Drutt English, P. Dormer, Jewelry of our time. Art, ornament and obsession, London 1995, p. 96. – Á. Schrammová: Anton Cepka – šperky a objekty, in: 53. Bulletin of Moravia Gallery in Brno, Brno 1997, p. 208-210.
Dom Hans v.d. Laan (Dutch Benedictine Monk and Architect) & Jan de Jong (mid-late c20th)
This chair was part of a collection of furniture that we have acquired that was made for Sint Willibrordus church in Almelo, Netherlands in the 1960s (with full provenance). The church was one of the best examples of modernist churches of the era. Unfortunately it was knocked down in 2005.