Unique colourful coffee table with tiles by Johannes Aasbjerg Andersen
This large colourful coffee table was designed by Johannes Aasbjerg Andersen (1921-2006) in the 1950s.
It was executed by Aasbjerg & Ørtoft by special commission in 1965.
The table has 24 decorative and unique handmade enamel tiles on top. And the tabletop frame is of solid Brazilian rosewood. The legs are black lacquered steel with solid Brazilian rosewood feet.
One of the tiles on top is signed by hand and dated 1965.
Aasbjerg & Ørtoft was founded by Johannes and his brother Harry Ørtoft after the Second World War. They were both cabinetmakers but Johannes furthermore the designer and salesman. They started out producing bespoke pieces in the wealthy areas just north of Copenhagen, and later on when business was growing they began exporting to Europe and the USA.
The black and white catalogue photos from Danish luxury department store Illum Bolighus showcase the table together with chairs by Italian architect and designer Gio Ponti.
H. 48 cm. (19″)
L. 162 cm. (63,8″)
W. 62 cm. (24,5″)
Center of Modern Design, Copenhagen. Illums Bolighus, Denmark. Exhibition catalogue 1959, pp. 12 and 22.
Center of Modern Design, Copenhagen. Illums Bolighus, Denmark. Frontpage picture of the commercial catalogue for the 1960 Luxury main exhibition catalogue.
Center of Modern Design, Copenhagen. Illums Bolighus, Denmark. Exhibition catalogue 1965.
Center of Modern Design, Copenhagen. Illums Bolighus, Denmark. Exhibition catalogue 1959, p. 22. Exhibited together with supplementary important design pieces, for example Gio Ponti’s ’Distex’ armchair, model no. 807 and armchair, model no. 803. Both armchairs designed circa 1954.
Unique cherry and rosewood side table by Hans J. Wegner
This unique side table was designed and executed in 1948 by Danish architect Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) and master cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen (1886-1961).
It has a cherry wood frame. There are three drawers on the front and a shelf below. The feet are of solid rosewood.
Provenance: Architect Tang Ørnebjerg. The side table was made by special order for his apartment in Frederiksberg. It was purchased in 1948 directly from Johannes Hansen in Bredgade, Copenhagen.
A sketch drawing of the side table plus original receipt with Mr. Wegner’s own signature included.
H. 67 cm. (26,4")
L. 65 cm. (25,6")
W. 45 cm. (17,7")
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.
Three legged side table in Brazilian rosewood by William Watting
This three legged side table in Brazilian Rosewood has three stretchers below joining at the center.
The table was made ca. in the 1940s by William Watting.
Watting was an American architect, who had a fine furniture store in Copenhagen, Denmark in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. He designed end executed pieces himself as well as sold other high quality modern furniture.
Literature: Advertised in "Nyt tidsskrift for kunstindustri", 1947.
H. 54 cm. (21,2”)