Very rare three-seater sofa of nut wood by Kaj Gottlob
This very rare three-seater sofa was designed in 1930 by Kaj Gottlob (1887-1976).
It has a frame of nut wood. The seat, back and sides are upholstered with blue fabric.
This example executed 1933 by master cabinetmaker A. J. Iversen. Denmark. Copy of receipt from A. J. Iversen included.
Exhibited: The present model was exhibited at The Copenhagen Cabinetmakers' 4th Guild Exhibition, Teknologisk Instituts Udstillingslokaler, Copenhagen, stand 4A, Oct. 11. – Oct. 26. 1930. Exhibition Designer: Magnus Læssøe Stephensen.
Literature: Grete Jalk, ed., 40 years of Danish furniture design: the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild exhibitions 1927-1966; Dansk møbelkunst gennem 40 aar: Københavns Snedkerlaugs møbeludstillinger 1927-1966, Copenhagen, 1987, Volume 1, pp. 78-79, ill. p. 79.
Very rare set of Niger leather chairs by Kaj Gottlob
This very rare set of four chairs was designed ca. 1935 by Kaj Gottlob (1887-1976).
The chairs are made of Cuba mahogany and upholstered with original patinated Niger leather as well as fitted with brass nails.
Executed ca. 1935 by master cabinetmaker A. J. Iversen, Copenhagen.
Exhibited: The present model was among the more than 250 carefully selected pieces exhibited at the ‘Masterpieces: 100 Years of Danish Cabinetmaking’, Kronborg Castle, Helsingør, 13. October – 3. December 2000.
Literature: Bodil Busk Laursen, Søren Matz and Christian Holmsted Olesen, eds., Mesterværker: 100 års dansk møbelsnedkeri, Copenhagen, 2003, p. 131.
H. 85 cm. (33,5")
D. 48 cm. (18,9")
W. 45-53 cm. (17,7"-20,9")
Chinese inspired mahogany coffee table by Frits Henningsen
This Chinese inspired mahogany coffee table was executed by cabinetmaker Frits Henningsen (1889-1965) ca. in the 1930s.
The table top is decorated with unique tiles depicting Chinese Fenghuang birds also called the August rooster - a positive symbol of high virtue and grace. The tiles are handcoloured by painter and ceramist Jens Thirslund and executed at Herman August Kählers (HAK) pottery.
Exhibited: The present model was exhibited in ‘Industriforeningen’, Copenhagen in 1933. Stand 12.
Literature: 40 years of Danish furniture design : the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild exhibitions 1927-1966 ; Dansk møbelkunst gennem 40 aar : Københavns Snedkerlaugs møbeludstillinger 1927-1966 / Jalk, Grethe . - Tåstrup, 1987, Bd. 1, s. 156-157.
This rare teak easy chair has a curvy seat and the back is upholstered with light fabric.
Its armrests and buttons on the back are fitted with Niger leather.The chair was designed early in 1947 by Arne Hovmand-Olsen (1919-1989) and executed by J. L. Møllers Møbelfabrik in Aarhus, Denmark.It was one of the very first easy chairs Mr. Hovmand-Olsen and Niels Otto Møller, the founder of J. L. Møllers Møbelfabrik created together. And even one of the very first chairs that was executed at J. L. Møllers Møbelfabrik. The two men were both still in their 20s and just starting out on what would become very successful careers for both of them.
Towards the end of the 1930s Arne Hovmand-Olsen worked at Peder Olsen Sibast carpentry on the island of Funen (a carpentry that later would become the more well-known furniture manufacturer Sibast Furniture which produced designs for Arne Vodder). But Hovmand-Olsen had the desire to create furniture designs himself, so he enrolled at Technical Collage in Århus in 1941.
A few years later towards the end of WW2, having finished his studies the young Hovmand-Olsen met Niels Otto Møller at the Trade Fair in Fredericia. N. O. Møller had recently set up production facilities and shop in Århus (where Hovmand had studied and resided) and was looking to expand his furniture production.
This chair became one of their first collaborations, if not the first.
Literature: Møbelhandleren. No. 6, 1947. Illustrated and mentioned p. 17.