Modernist 20th Century /07 December 2003


Gerrit Rietveld

Crate desk
Metz & Co.
The Netherlands, c. 1934
painted pine
39½ w × 23½ d × 28 h in (100 × 60 × 71 cm)

". . .a piece of furniture of fine wood, made wholly according to traditional methods, is shipped in a crate to prevent damage and breakage. Someone receiving such a crate at home says, at most: well packed. But it has never been established that such a crate represents a freely rendered method of carpentry aimed straight at its goal. The plain materials of which it is composed make it stronger than its precious contents. . .Therefore, there must finally be someone who chooses the crate instead of the piece of furniture."Literature:Complete Reitveld Furniture, Voge, pg. 88-89 fig 136

estimate: $7,000–9,000

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