Midcentury ash (beech?) wood stool 1950s.
Attributed to Gerrit Rietveld for Spectrum Furniture.
Liberty & Co. 1890s
‘Thebes’ stool. Mahogany wood with ivorine label.
The design of this stool is a derivative of the ancient Egyptian three legged ‘Thebes’ stool, now in the collection of the British Museum, dating to 1550-1300 B.C. This was first utilised by Liberty & Co. who retailed a version of it from 1884. It was sold in their London showrooms until 1907 as well as having been retailed by Samuel Bing in Paris.
__The Austrian/Czech architect Adolf Loos (1870-1933) first used the design in his apartment in 1903 and his affection for the design was evident as he repeatedly employed it in his commissions until 1927. The stool is often misdescribed as being designed by Loos whereas it was one component within one of Loos’s total design commissions (gesamtkunstwerk)
Alvar Aalto (Finland 1898-1976)
Rare x3 Model 60 stacking stools. 1930s. Finmar production.
Finmar labels to the underside on two of the stools (the other shows evidence of where the label once was).
Each has a great colour and patina. The Finmar labels are recognised evidence of them being early edition genuine 1930s stools.
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