October 7, 2012

MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION

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Lot 8: Kaare Klint

Lot 8: Kaare Klint

Settee

Designed c. 1935, this example of early manufacture
Close-nailed Nigerian leather, Cuban mahogany understructure
Cabinet-Maker Rud. Rasmussen
28" x 81.5" x 29.25"
Provenance: Mr. Dustin Hoffman
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $11,875
Inventory Id: 3374

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In 1917 Kaare Klint began working as an independent furniture designer, having originally studied as a painter and trained as an apprentice in the Copenhagen architectural partnership of Nielsen & Petersen. Later in 1924, Klint established the Furniture Design department at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts where many of the pupils that he taught would become some of the most influential Danish designers of the 1940s and 50s, such as Borge Mogensen, Hans Wegner, Poul Kjaerholm and Ole Wanscher. Klint’s own designs were handmade in limited quantities or to order during the 1930s by the skilled cabinetmaker Rud. Rasmussen. His furniture designs articulated a deep understanding of 18th Century English furniture forms, and laid the foundations for the revival of Danish design after the Second World War.

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