Rietveld’s Mondial Chair at Christies

Rietveld's Mondial Chair at Christies


Price Realized 13,145 ($17,050)

Estimate12,000 – 15,000 ($15,565 – $19,456)

Sale 2642
20th century decorative arts
16 November 2004

Mondial, a chair
The red fiber seat and backrest supported by grey-lacquered metal legs
75 cm. high

Sem Aardewerk
Thence by descent

Lot Notes
The Mondial chair was exhibited in the Dutch pavillion during the World Exhibition in Brussels in 1958. The pavillion was designed by Gerrit Th. Rietveld who collaborated on this project with interior-architect Sem Aardewerk. The Mondial chair was awarded a price at the Triennale in Milan in 1958.

For comparison see:

The complete Rietveld furniture, Rotterdam 1993, p. 158 and 159, no. 344
Marijke Kuiper and Ida van Zijl, Gerrit Th. Rietveld 1888-1964, Het volledige werk, Utrecht 1992, p. 285, no. 532
Barbara Laan, André Koch, Collectie Gispen meubels, lampen en
archivalia in het NAi 1916-1980, Rotterdam, 1997, pp. 125-126 for the steel and aluminium prototype and for an illustrated sketch for the
World Exposition with armchairs in situ and a photograph of the
exposition space with chairs without arms in situ.

A Mondial Proto Type Fetched Dfl 36,902 (US $18,348) in Amsterdam on May 19, 1998….

2 thoughts on “Rietveld’s Mondial Chair at Christies”

  1. Hey Erik Heywood,
    Thanks a lot. I wasn’t aware of it and it’s happening in my own backyard:-). Nice to see a fellow blogger with a mono mania, in your case Books!

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