Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (1888-1964) Elling sideboard Utrecht, Netherlands, designed 1919 white-washed and painted beech branded 'H.G.M. G.A.V.D. Groenekan, De Bilt Nederland' includes copy of original receipt from Barry Friedman, New York, New York 78 3/4"w x 18"d x 41"h
Provenance: The Collection of Gerard van de Groenekan, Netherlands Private Collection, Germany Barry Friedman, New York, New York, 1990s The Estate of Don Magner, New York, New York (acquired from the above in 1997)
Catalog Note: The Elling sideboard design of 1919 stands as the apotheosis within the canon of Gerrit Rietveld's De Stijl period. Designed one year after the iconic Red and Blue chair (at that time, not yet so colored), the Elling sideboard is a powerful elaboration of radical 'neoplastic' design concepts. Sadly, the custom made and unique first issue was destroyed by fire at the residence of Piet Elling.
In 1951, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam commissioned the first reissue under the supervision of Rietveld and prior to his death in 1964. It was made by Gerard van de Groenekan's workshop, which then made other reissued examples after Rietveld's death. However, the precise production date of this example on offer is not known.
In 1988, the Barry Friedman Gallery in New York City staged a comprehensive retrospective, Gerrit Rietveld: A Centenary Exhibition, which featured this design. Friedman remains an expert on the work of Rietveld.