Jan Slothouber & William Graatsma (Dutch c20th+)
Five rare modular cubes from the 1970s.
The Dutch team of Slothouber & Graatsma established themselves from the 1950s as artist/designers with the cube form as their key motif around which they developed various principles of cubic construction alongside multiples and variations thereof. Despite its restrictions they admired the cube for its clarity of form. They applied their thinking around it to a variety of objects, and artworks from small jewellery-scale 3d models and games to larger installation works.
Highly driven personalities, they considered themselves as discoverers of ‘the many applications of the democratic system of cubics’; a system that would ostensively act to counter the rise of the expressive individualism in post-WWII culture. (They later established the CCC_the Center for Cubic Constructions as a forum for promoting their ideas).
Due to their diverse and multidisciplinary output they were never to become global names – But they were a highly respected creative team (representing The Netherlands at the Venice Biennale in 1970)…Donald Judd for one was a great admirer of their work.
JJP Oud (Netherlands 1890-1963)
Very rare JJP Oud chair from the director’s room of the Shell Oil company building, completed just after WWII in The Hague /1950.
Probably manufactured by HP Mutters & Sons or Eckhart’s meubelfabrik – Two companies that manufactured other known pieces from the building, now in the Boijman museum collection in Rotterdam.
The chair/design and the design of the interior from which it came is fully documented in Elizabeth Reinhartz-Tergau’s excellent book on the architect published by Boijman van Beuningen museum in 1990 /p.155. (See image 2 which shows the documented image below the supporting text)
Alvar Aalto (Finland 1898-1976)
Early edition Finmar / Bowman Bros. dining set. Five model 611 stacking chairs and table. This was Aalto’s first modernist chair produced.
This set came from the home (wife) of Russian /American composer Dimitri Tiomkin best known for his western scores, including Duel in the Sun, Red River, High Noon, The Big Sky, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and Last Train from Gun Hill.
The set was once black but has been restored and taken back to the wood colour.
Manuel Marin (Spain, 1942-2007)
Abstract mobile table sculptures (a ‘Stabile’ to use Calder’s term) Enamelled steel combined with metal wire.
Manuel Marin was an assistant to the English sculptor Henry Moore in the 1960s and later worked as an art restorer and gallery owner in New York. From around 1969 onward Marin became interested in mobiles as a form of sculpture and continued to produce them throughout his life until his death in 2007.
We have two sculptures available – Both sculptures are impressed with the artist’s name/signature.
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