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Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 6:00 PM CDT

Tradition & Innovation

Sale 5001 Lot 36

Poul Kjærholm (1929-1980) for E. Kold Christensen
PK 22 lounge chairs, pair
Denmark, 1959
leather, canvas, matte chrome-plated spring steel
E. Kold Christensen monogram stamp to frames (one example with two stamps)
includes copies of original receipts from S. Chr. Sorensen dated 1959
24 3/4"w x 26"d x 28 1/2"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. 72-77

Catalog Note:
Now an icon of modernist chair design, this model won the Grand Prix at the 1957 XI Triennale di Milano. The form is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as well the Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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.

Estimate $4,000-6,000

Sold for $5,937