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.
Rare version of the “Kakkonen” stackable armchair No. 2. /15. Manufactured by Oy Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, Turku, Finland. 1930s.
UK retailers Finmar label to the underside.
A good example of Aaltos formative years and early designs; this chair is made from laminated and solid birch and retains its original black finish.
Co-designed by Alvar Aalto and Otto Korhonen in 1930, the chair was manufactured over the years as four differing versions. This version is the rarest of the four. The design is similar to one of other versions in that the front legs protrude at the side. However, the front edge of the seat on this version is formed as a more severe angle (The other version with protruding legs was rounded at the front). It also has a small decorative corner feature when seen from the front that is reminiscent of traditional Chinese chairs.
The chair was illustrated in Alvar Aalto Designer, Alvar Aalto museum p.69 and in Alvar & Aino design collection Bischofberger p.21