Ilmari Tapiovaara (Finland, 1914-1999)

Solid lacquered beech & pine wood

‘Pirkka’ series table and stool, Laukaan Puu. 1950s

The Pirkka range was designed by Finnish interior architect and designer Ilmari Tapiovaara in 1955 for Laukaan Puu. The design alludes to the forms of Finnish rustic furniture.  Tapiovaara was always seeking for new solutions to improve everyday objects. During his long career, Tapiovaara created dozens of iconic objects loved by the public. Tapiovaara is especially revered as a master of characteristic and human objects and surroundings. The designs of Ilmari Tapiovaara have proved their quality by remaining a part of our daily lives as interesting, still relevant, functional and aesthetic pieces of furniture.





Dutch modernist work desk

1930s. Designer/ manufacturer unknown.

We are currently researching this desk. It has similarities to the Dutch Pander furniture company. Gerrit Rietveld was also reputed to have designed a few private commissions in bright colours.

It has its original paintwork that has faded in places to a tangerine/ coral colour. It has a grey/green cloth top surface. It shows some signs of age and use as would be expected and would benefit from some TLC.

Currently not for sale.



1930s British Art Deco Stone carved sculpture in the manner of Eric Gill.

A very subtle and sensitively carved sculpture of a young girl.

This stone carving has obvious similarities to the work of Eric Gill. Unfortunately we have no provenance but it seems to have been used in an architectural setting at some point according to the grooves incised in the back.

It measures 62cm x 16cm x 16cm







Heals Sideboard (UK 1940s-50s)

beech and maple wood.

A small sideboard originally made for Heals, London in the 1940s-50s by Vesper furniture company (Note: The small circular hole can be seen above one drawer where the Heals label would have been). Inside the drawers are made bent beech plywood.

We have two of these available as well as a small set of drawers. We believe that the sideboard was part of a set of bedroom furniture made by Vesper furniture for Heals in very limited numbers in the late 40s/ early 50s – very rare. It has design similarities to the 1950s designs by Dutch designer Cees Braakman for Pastoe furniture.

122cm x 47cm x 77.5cm

A high quality of manufacture throughout.



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Pierre Jeanneret (French, 1896-1967)

Set of four oak & wicker dining chairs. Circa 1950s.

47 x 57 x 91 cm

A set of rare chairs designed by the Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret. Pierre is known for having collaborated throughout a twenty year period from the early to mid-c20th with his brother Charles Edouard (aka. Le Corbusier). Pierre Jeanneret is mostly known for his contribution to the designs of buildings and furniture in Chandigarh, India.

Pierre experimented with strong modernist forms throughout his career such as with these chairs – The chairs were only produced in very limited numbers as were the low lounge chair versions (of which a few including ones from the collection of Michel Weill, Neuilly have been offered in important design auctions over the last ten years*)

*Literature: Christies, New York lot 214, June 2007. See also ‘L’appartement subtil’ by Michel Weill in Maison Francais 103, ’56-’57, p.44-45. Wright auctions May 2017. Lot 33.

A single one of these chairs was sold at Wright auctions in June 2017 (lot 344)



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Jan de Jong (1917-2001) & Dom Hans van der Laan (1904-1991)

High back chair, 1967

Original olive green stained oak wood, brown leather with galvanised steel base and copper nails.

Jan de Jong (1917-2001) was a talented craftsman-architect and student of the monk Dom Hans v.d. Laan and it is claimed that in many way he surpassed his mentor. In the late 1950s the two men worked closely together in the Reconstruction Period after WWII to create a body of work as part of the construction of the churches in the style of the Bossche School. Jan de Jong was able to translate many of Dom Hans v.d.Laan’s concepts and ideas into other public and private pioneering buildings and spaces.

This exceptionally rare and early designed chair by Jan de Jong was made for the members of the city (counsel) of Budel in The Netherlands. De Jong designed the town hall and its furniture as a ‘gesamtwerk’ (a complete relational work based on hermetic planning). The chair is in superb original condition.



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Poul Kjærholm (Denmark, 1929-1980)

PK9 Chairs – E. Kold Christensen, Denmark

chrome steel; leather

Kjærholm designed the ultimate functionalist furniture that was praised for its understated elegance and clean lines.

Kjærholm had a particular interest in various construction materials; especially steel, which he considered a natural material. In 1955, Kjærholm started collaborating with manufacturer E. Kold Christensen, which lasted until his death in 1980.

The PK9 series consist of splayed-legged bases on which a shaped seat is fully upholstered in black leather.

These are early edition chairs marked with the KC monogram and stamped Denmark.



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