Michel de Klerk, Meubelfabriek 't Woonhuys, Amsterdam School secretaire, villa de Helm Overveen, 1916

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The design of this secretaire desk by Michel De Klerk shows similarities to the dining room set De Klerk designed for the Amsterdam furniture company ‘t Woonhuys in 1917 (which can also be found at Kunstconsult). The solid black sled legs, the wavy rim with decorative turrets and S-shaped handles can also be found in the dresser and buffet of the dining room set. However, the original drawings for the dining room set do not include this desk. It is probably specially ordered to match the set. The design and the existence of this furniture was hitherto unknown. Furniture by Michel De Klerk is very rare. Pieces can be found in the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum, both in Amsterdam and in the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami. Michel De Klerk (Amsterdam 1884-1923) was one of the founding architects of the movement "Amsterdamse School", related to the Expressionist style. Of his many outstanding designs, very few have actually been built. One of his finest completed buildings is 'Het Schip' (The Ship) in the Amsterdam district of Spaarndammerbuurt.

Michel de Klerk
Amsterdam School
Mahogany, Palissander
113 x 46 cm

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