Michel de Klerk, Meubelfabriek 't Woonhuys, Amsterdam School tea cabinet, 1916

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World famous architect Michel De Klerk designed this tea cabinet of excellent quality in 1916. It is part of a dining room set. De Klerk was commissioned to do so by the Amsterdam furniture company ‘t Woonhuys where he worked as a designer from 1915-1920. Original drawings of this design were preserved in the Dutch Institute of Architecture (NAI) in Rotterdam. Back then the cabinet was on display in the showroom of 't Woonhuys at Prinsengracht 711-713, Amsterdam. The combination of massive parabolic shapes with the thin legs and zoomorphic and wavy decoration is typical for the work of De Klerk. 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, rosewood, brass
75 x 79 x 50 cm

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