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JJP Oud (Netherlands 1890-1963)
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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.
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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)

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Late 19th Century Circa 1880s / Gothic Revival linen cabinet.

Designer Unknown. 100 x 176.5 x 42.5cm

With hand-painted decoration and internal shelving

This late c19th Dutch cabinet is full of character and demonstrates a crucial period in the development of early modernist aesthetics. It is in the style of Pierre Cuypers (although has many similarities to various British designers of the period, such as Thomas Seddon, William Burges – However, it is more primitive in its materials, refinement of manufacture and decorative finish. This gives it real ‘folksy’ charm and plenty of character!

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The Hague Interior 1950s

W.(Wim) Den Boon (Netherlands, 1912-1968)Pair of triangular side tables, 1950s

chromed steel and formica board.

The Dutch architect Wim Den Boon alongside Hein Stolle and Pierre Kleykamp formed the ‘Group&’ in the period shortly after WWII as part of the Dutch ‘Goed Wonen’ (Good living) movement. They focused on designing purist interior furniture and design that fitted in seamlessly with the functionalist designs of the thirties.

By the 1950s Den Boon broke with ‘Group &’ and established himself as an independent furniture designer in The Hague. From that time and throughout the 60s he was responsible for many interiors and renovation projects, particularly in The Hague. These two tables (one shown) were designed as part of the interiors of one of those projects – The tables can be seen within the complete interior of a house in the images of Peter Voge’s biography of Den Boon.

As seen, the design of these tables was ahead of its time – There are visible influences of Rietveld and De Stijl or even the Scandinavian designs of Kjaerholm. At his best Den Boon designed some of the most futuristic interiors during the 1950s. His furniture is rare to find and most of it can only be experienced through photographic documentation.

Ref: Peter Voge “Wim Den Boon Binnenhuisarchitect”

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Be Niegeman-Brand (Dutch mid-c20th)

Cube stool – Circa early 1950s for Goed Wonen. 31.5 x 31.5 x 31.5cm

A very rare piece of children’s furniture in cube form. Designed by Be-Niegeman-Brand, the wife of the architect/designer Johan Niegeman (1902-77).

The cube stool was designed to be multi-functional and included a stool, a table and a toy.

Produced by the Dutch Goed Wonen (Good Living foundation, Amsterdam 1946-1968) whose aims were to “…bring living in the Netherlands to a higher level by improving the interior design in the broadest sense of the word, by promoting the production and distribution of furniture, upholstery, utensils, etc., which meet certain aesthetic, technical and social requirements.” 

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Lit.: The cube is featured in the Goed Wonen, fifth year – Number 5 from 1952 (see image)

Provenance: This item comes with full provenance which will be supplied with the item.

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Be Niegeman Brand (Dutch mid-c20th)

Model NG-11 Beech and maple wood armchair – Goed Wonen 1950.

A rare NG-11 armchair from 1950 designed by B.Niegeman-Brand, the wife of the architect/designer Johan Niegeman (1902-77). Original fabric covers in two tones of grey wool.

Produced by the Dutch Goed Wonen (Good Living foundation, Amsterdam 1946-1968) whose aims were to “…bring living in the Netherlands to a higher level by improving the interior design in the broadest sense of the word, by promoting the production and distribution of furniture, upholstery, utensils, etc., which meet certain aesthetic, technical and social requirements.” 

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Lit.: The chair is featured in the Goed Wonen, fifth year – Number 5 from 1952 (see image)

Provenance: This item comes with full provenance which will be supplied with the item.

 

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Elmar Berkovich (NL. 1897-1968)

A pair of very rare oak armchairs designed by Elmar Berkovich. Originally designed for the workers at the Shell factory although used in various environments thereafter.

They are made from an unidentified wood that is close to oak but has a very light weight to it. They were designed to be clipped together and exported easily for the factories in Dutch East Indies colonies. (Although the frames are now glued together).

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Literature: Elmar Berkovich – meubelontwerper en interieurarchitect. Stichting BONAS.