Metz&Co, Amsterdam/The Hague, ca. 1941
Painted beech wood, plywood, metal and (wire) glass.
Dim. H x W x D: 93 x 200 x 51.5 cm.
- Mr. en Ms. Montagne-van Lommel, Rotterdam 1941.
- Ms. H.H. Domisse van Lommel 1941-1991
- Ms. Foss-Montagne-1991
- Sotheby’s Wintersale Amsterdam, lot number 852, 1995.
- Private collector Amsterdam
Kuper&Van Zijl, 'Gerrit Th. Rietveld the complete works', Utrecht 1992, page 204, nr.322;
L. Dosi Delfini, 'The furniture collection Stedelijk Mus. Amsterdam', Rotterdam 2004, page 315, nr. 497; P. Timmer, 'Metz&Co', Rotterdam 1995, page 130
In the 1960s, this particular sideboard was exhibited by the Dutch interior decorators Janni van Pelt and Dick Bouwers at the famous showroom/Interior-shop 'Bas van Pelt, Interior Decoration' in the city of The Hague.
Gerrit Th. Rietveld designed a small cabinet with two sliding doors of wire-glass for the avantgarde Dutch department-store Metz en Co in 1932. The cabinet was standing on a chromed tubular steel base and could be combined with a separate drawer unit. Using this cabinet as a starting point, Rietveld designed sideboard R54 in 1936. In this design the cabinet with the glass sliding doors and the drawer unit are combined to one sideboard.Only four copies of sideboard R54 are known to exist at this moment.