Gio Ponti presentation tile. 1960s

Gio Ponti (Italy 1891-1971)

A rare Gio Ponti designed brass encased ceramic tile/penholder. Manufactured by Roma Ceramice.
In the 1960s a number of these encased tiles were presented to the personnel and dignitaries at the opening ceremony of the new Bijenkorf (beehive) department store building in Eindhoven. The building and its spectacular facade were designed by Italian architect Gio Ponti who designed the buildings extensive facade using multiples of these tiles. The brass casing is inscribed with the details of the presentation.

Price: 570 euro

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Renate Müller Therapeutic toy

Renate Müller (Germany, 1945-now)

Renate Müller therapeutic toy duck. Circa 1970s-80s.
Jute & leather.

Mid-century German designer Renate Müller designed therapeutic toys that stemmed from a long standing family interest in pedagogy and progressive education. Her interest in simple designs and natural materials were influenced by the earlier Bauhaus school.
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60cm high x 40 x 30.

Price: 1,800 euro

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Sep Ruf (attrib.) floor lamp

Sep Ruf (Germany, 1908 -1982)

Brutalist German steel floor lamp attributed to architect Sep Ruf. Circa 1970s.

Price: 1,650 euro

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Midcentury Dutch high back chair.

Mid-century armchair

Designer/maker unknown. Circa 1960s high back chair with teak frame and woven rattan seating and back.

The chair has a refined elegance and light weight: Condition is superb.

h.103.5cm x w.56.5cm x d.74cm

Price: 1,100 euro

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Luterma /Venesta Stool & Tray for Isokon

Venesta plywood table/stool.

Plywood table/stool with its accompanying circular tray. Manufactured by Luterma in Estonia circa 1930s. Both stool and tray are stamped/labelled Venesta.

The British furniture entrepreneur Jack Pritchard managed Venesta the import company for Luterma in England who later formed the Isokon furniture company which most notably employed Marcel Breuer. These tables/stools were distributed in England post 1933 until 1939 exclusively by Isokon alongside designs by Marcel Breuer and Egon Riss.

Although the designer of the stool remains anonymous, in 2004 the art historian Alastair Grieve described a modification of the original Luterma stool (of which this stool is one) when he wrote that the original design was subsequently re-designed by the architect and founder of the Bauhaus Walter Gropius (hired as a consultant to Isokon). The very slight alterations Gropius made was to include sharper curves to the cut-out squares of the stool. Gropius’s drawings for the redesign can reportedly be found in the collection of the V&A Museum, London.

The separate tray placed on top of the stool is unusual and rare in that it is much thinner than all other trays we have seen. This has led to some minor warping over time (which may have been why it was produced later with a thicker rim?) The thinner rimmed tray may suggest that this was an early production or at the least a more limited production?

h.46.5cm x w.44cm x d.44cm

Literature:-
• Kermik, Juri (2004) The Luther factory: Plywood and furniture 1877-1940
• Daybelge & Englund, (2019); Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain
• Pritchard, Jack (1984); View from a Long Chair: The Memoirs of Jack Pritchard

Price: 3,500 euro

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Wooden tea trolley. Circa 1940s

Oak tea trolley

Unusual wooden tea trolley with a rustic vernacular appeal. The origin is unknown but it could well be Dutch if not of Nordic or French origin.

h.73cm x w.87cm x d.42cm

Price: 590.00 euro

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WAS Benson table lamp

William Arthur Smith Benson (UK 1854-1924)

Model 1079 brass lamp with original vaseline glass shade by J.Powell & Sons. Stamped ‘Benson’ in two places.

h.46.5cm x w.24cm x d.16cm

Price: 1,650.00 euro

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Mid-c20th French Table.

Brutalist oak dining table

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.

h.70.5cm x w.160cm x d.64cm

Price: 1,500.00 euro

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