Modernist 20th Century /07 December 2003


Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Barcelona coffee table
Jerry Griffith
Germany, c. 1968
stainless steel, glass
40 w × 40 d × 16 h in (102 × 102 × 41 cm)

This example was made by Jerry Griffith in Chicago under the supervision of Mies van der Rohe. The Griffith tables have extremely precise corners, and less reinforcement at the central cross than later production examples by Knoll. The tables were hand made for each project specified by Mies, and very few were produced. Jerry Griffith made this table in 1968 for a private client. The table was never purchased by the client, however, and subsequently acquired by Rick Biles, a student of Mies' at IIT and an intern at Griffith's workshop.

provenance: Rick Biles acquired directly from Griffith Private Collection, Chicago

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $2,832

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 1886–1969

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is one of the most celebrated modernist architects of the twentieth century, known for developing the International Style in Germany and abroad, which emphasized function, balance, clean lines and the use of glass and steel.

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