Unusual sewing table designed by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, manufactured by Gerard vd Groenekan, Holland 1936. This sewing box comes from the interior of vd Groenekan himself. It was made of birch plywood, and birch wooden legs, red lacquered. The top is made of plexi and the handle of chrome plated metal. The door knob is made of brass. This piece was once painted red by vd Groenekan and also brand marked on the underside. This very nice piece has an amazing provenance and is very hard to find. Only produced in very small numbers and sold at Metz & Co. There is a similar model in the collection of Centraal Museum Utrecht, inventory number 28221.
Provenance: Gerard van de Groenekan 1936 to 2013.
Important literature: Peter Vöge, the complete Rietveld Furniture, page 106/107 similar model
Gerrit Th. Rietveld 1888-1964 Het volledige werk, Marijke Küper en Ida van Zijl (Utrecht, 1992) page 174, on picture 256 you can see a design of a similar sewing table. On page 185 you can see the piece in an advertisement of Metz & Co.
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