Estimated value: 40.000-60.000 GBP
Designed by Architects
Sales date: 2003-10-08
Lot number: 32
Michel de Klerk
F. J. Zeegers, for t' Woonhuys
Designed 1915-16, commissioned by F. J. Zeegers, for t' Woonhuys, polished and ebonised mahogany, velvet upholstery.
31in. (80cm.) height; 251⁄2in. (65cm.) width; 261⁄2in. (67cm.) depth
An example of a similar design, loaned from the Wolfsonian Collection, Miami, was exhibited Art Deco 1910-1939, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 27 March - 20 July 2003
Michel De Klerk was the Amsterdam School's foremost architect and designer, whose style eschewed the prevailing functionalist tendencies and instead drew upon more exotic, Moorish or Oriental influences for his luxurious interior schemes. Frequently utilising exotic timbers such as mahogany, coromandel and ebony, together with velvets and braided decorative details, De Klerk's handling of form and texture was primarily expressionistic. A selection of his furnishings were posthumously exhibited at the 1925 Exposition des Arts Décoratifs.
Lit: Charlotte Benton, Tim Benton, Ghislaine Wood (eds.), Art Deco 1910-1939, London, 2003, p. 185, pl. 15.14 (related designs illustrated);
Frans van Burkom, Michel De Klerk 1884-1923, Rotterdam, 1990