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Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM CDT

Tradition & Innovation

Sale 5000 Lot 6

Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936)
revolving music stand
Buffalo, New York, circa 1899
stained white oak, hand-wrought copper
carved signature
33"w x 25"d x 47"h

Catalog Note:
While Charles Rohlfs' rotating desk was for many years deemed his greatest achievement, his revolving music stand has recently risen in prominence. He personally designed and carved very few of the revolving music stands between 1898 and 1901. In addition to offering an angled display for sheet music, artwork, or books on one side, the opposite side includes a pullout writing surface. With three hidden wheels underneath, the stand can turn around completely. After being profiled in Art Education magazine in early 1901, there was no mention of the revolving music stand for well over a century. In 2014, Phillips auction house in New York offered a revolving music stand that was clearly different from the one featured in Art Education. This example is seemingly identical to the one in the magazine profile.

Estimate $20,000-30,000

Sold for $37,500