Poul Kjærholm (1929-1980) for E. Kold Christensen PK 61 coffee table Denmark, 1957/1959 glass, matte chrome-plated spring steel E. Kold Christensen monogram stamp to frame includes copies of original receipts from S. Chr. Sorensen dated 1959 31 1/2"sq x 14"h
Provenance: S. Chr. Sorenson, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1959 The Collection of Ernest and Marjorie Briskey, Madison, Wisconsin (acquired directly from the above)
Literature: Sheridan, Michael, Poul Kjærholm, and Hanne Kjærholm, The Furniture of Poul Kjærholm: Catalogue Raisonné, Miller & Co., 2008, pp. 78-81
Catalog Note: Introduced by Kjærholm in 1957, the glass-top version of this table is from the second year of production. This form displays an affinity for a similar design by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich, which they created for Villa Tugendhat in Brno, Czech Republic in 1930.
Poul Kjærholm was a master cabinetmaker who, not unlike an architect, was fascinated with nature, materials and construction. Instead of wood, he commonly selected matte spring steel for the main structure of his designs and combined it with carefully selected natural materials such as stone, leather, cane and wood. His designs incorporate repeated elements, patterns and shapes expressed with a precision that results in each piece effectively becoming a functional sculpture. His work resulted in some of the most sophisticated and iconic modernist furniture design ever produced and remains as timeless now as when first conceived.
The Briskey Collection includes an important group of early E. Kold Christensen productions (Lots 32 through 38), which were all acquired directly in 1959 and are accompanied by original receipts. The collection was cherished by its original owners; each piece was carefully maintained and remains in excellent vintage condition.