A large Bossche School alter table. Designed by the Dutch Benedictine monk/architect Dom Hans vd Laan. The metal and stone decorative elements across the side were believed to have been designed by Wim van Hooff (1918-2002) who was a painter and colour consultant who developed his own colour theories in addition to making an important contribution to the architecture of the Bossche School.
This rare example of Van der Laan’s designs was part of a collection of furniture came from a post-war church in Amstelveen in The Netherlands.
These Arts & Crafts chairs are in the Cotswold style and combine elements of British Arts & Crafts with elements of the European modernist movement. The Cotswold School was a development of the Arts and Craft Movement started largely by Ernest Gimson and the brothers Sidney and Ernest Barnsley. The furniture is instantly recognisable with its simple lines, attention to the finest of details, and use of beautiful materials.
Hand made with small variations. They have been varnished in the last decade.
Rare early Bas Van Pelt design double-sided desk with two chairs
Bas van Pelt began his shop ‘My Home’ in The Hague, Netherlands in 1931 and within a short period the company opened showrooms in other cities such as Maastricht and Amsterdam. The domestic interior design firm focused on producing high-quality modern interior furniture. Eventually right up until into the 1990s Bas van Pelt furniture and fabrics were also sold throughout The Netherlands and beyond by well-known modernist suppliers and manufacturers such as Thonet, D3, LOV and Gispen.
This early Bas van Pelt design desk and two chairs were manufactured in solid oak wood. Each piece has the Maker/designer’s name brandished in the wood.
19th Century bronze, brass and wood fire set including two stands and three tools.
There is a mid-c19th lozenge shaped registration mark to each stand.
In the midst of the c19th industrial boom, the enthusiasm for the Gothic period, seen as an exemplary society in which the arts blossomed in a mystical and fraternal spirit, was set against what were considered the degrading effects, of mechanisation. In England, Gothic revival style was applied to large public buildings and was widely used by the great ‘manufactories’ of art and industry in the manufacture of products up until the 1880’s. Superb quality, this set has similarities to a range of c19th British architect /designers from Pugin (Talbert and Burges) to Dr. Christopher Dresser.