Sold as lot of the important Boyd collection sale of Wright for a whopping $40,000 while estimated at $7,000–9,000. Produced by Berliner Metallwerkstätten Josef Müller, Germany, 1930.
provenance: Custom-ordered in 1930 by Adriaan Roland Holst, Sloterdijk, The Netherlands | Annie ’Rolanda’ Roland Holst | Richard Roland Holst | Private Collection, California | Collection of Michael and Gabrielle Boyd
Adriaan Roland Holst was a Dutch writer, nicknamed the “Prince of Dutch Poets”. He was the second winner, in 1948, of the Constantijn Huygens Prize. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Holst was the nephew of painter Richard Roland Holst and writer Henriette Roland Holst. Wikipedia
Born: May 23, 1888, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: August 5, 1976, Bergen, Netherlands
Education: University of Oxford (1908–1911)
Erich Dieckmann. Armchair, past 1931. H. 64 x 60 x 90 cm. Made by Cebaso, Ohrdruf (attributed). Nickel-plated tubular steel, stained beech, black fabric.
Dieckmann is among the most important designers of the Bauhaus and his tubular steel furniture takes a special position in the context of European tubular steel design of the pre-war era. “The fundamental construction principle of this design follows the closed ‘Two line’ system. Seat – backframe and pedestal have been built of a closed line each.” Cf. exhib. cat. Erich Dieckmann, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 1990, S. 107, pl. 29 and p.177.
Fabric discoloured. Original iron yarn fabric existing. The model had been manufactured by Metz & Co. in the 1930s too. Both executions differentiate only marginally.
For sale at Quittenbaum estimated at € 12000 – 15000, but withheld.