Modernist 20th Century /07 December 2003

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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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Gerrit Rietveld 1888–1964

Gerrit Rietveld was a celebrated designer and architect, famous for bringing the principles of the De Stijl Movement to these disciplines. Rietveld was born in 1888 in Utrecht, Netherlands to a family of cabinetmakers and later studied drafting and architecture. Rietveld opened his own furniture studio in 1917 and soon after became involved with the De Stijl Movement. In 1918, he designed his now-famous Red and Blue armchair, heralded as a distillation of the movement’s emphasis on geometry, primary colors and an objective language of forms. He regarded this chair, and others he would design, as “spatial creations,” rather than simply furniture. The Schröder House in Utrecht, designed by Rietveld in 1924, is regarded as the architectural embodiment of the ideals of De Stijl and his most important work. In 1928, Rietveld distanced himself from De Stijl and became concerned with the challenges of affordable housing. He was a visionary in designing prefabricated and standardized buildings, of which the architectural world would not consider more seriously until the 1950s. In the 1930s and 1940s, Rietveld largely worked on private commissions and designed enduring modernist icons such as the Crate chair and Zigzag chair, both from 1934. His last major work before his death in 1964 was the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which was completed in 1973. 

Auction Results Gerrit Rietveld

GERRIT RIETVELD, Schroeder House Dining Room Chair | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Schroeder House Dining Room Chair
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $64,350

GERRIT RIETVELD, Berlin chair | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Berlin chair
estimate: $25,000–35,000
result: $27,600

GERRIT RIETVELD, Zig-Zag chair | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Zig-Zag chair
estimate: $9,000–12,000
result: $25,200

GERRIT RIETVELD, Red Blue chair | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Red Blue chair
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $25,200

GERRIT RIETVELD, Beugelstoel | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Beugelstoel
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $25,200

GERRIT RIETVELD, Zig-Zag chairs, pair | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Zig-Zag chairs, pair
estimate: $12,000–15,000
result: $25,200

GERRIT RIETVELD, Military Chair 1 | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Military Chair 1
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $21,600

GERRIT RIETVELD, Military Chair 1 | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Military Chair 1
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $21,250

GERRIT RIETVELD, Zig Zag chair | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Zig Zag chair
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $18,750

GERRIT RIETVELD, Red Blue chair | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Red Blue chair
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $18,750

GERRIT RIETVELD, Red Blue chair | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Red Blue chair
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $16,250

GERRIT RIETVELD, Zig-Zag armchair | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Zig-Zag armchair
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $15,600

GERRIT RIETVELD, Crate chairs, pair | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Crate chairs, pair
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $15,000

GERRIT RIETVELD, Zig-Zag chair | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Zig-Zag chair
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $13,200

GERRIT RIETVELD, Early Crate chair | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Early Crate chair
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $12,500

GERRIT RIETVELD, Zig-Zag chair | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Zig-Zag chair
estimate: $12,000–18,000
result: $11,875

GERRIT RIETVELD, Zig-Zag chair | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Zig-Zag chair
estimate: $12,000–18,000
result: $11,875

GERRIT RIETVELD, Zig Zag chair | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Zig Zag chair
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $11,875

GERRIT RIETVELD, bent wood stool | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

bent wood stool
estimate: $12,000–16,000
result: $11,700

GERRIT RIETVELD, Crate desk and chair | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Crate desk and chair
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $11,400

GERRIT RIETVELD, early Crate chair | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

early Crate chair
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $11,250

GERRIT RIETVELD, Beugelstoel | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Beugelstoel
estimate: $10,000–12,000
result: $11,210

GERRIT RIETVELD, Zig Zag chair | Wright20.com

Gerrit Rietveld

Zig Zag chair
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $11,115

WORKSHOP OF GERRIT RIETVELD, Easy Chair, working model with drawing | Wright20.com

Workshop of Gerrit Rietveld

Easy Chair, working model with drawing
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,625

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