Card Table no.5042 & Four Chairs no.7214
A rare card table and four chairs designed by Kaare Klint in 1934 and made by Rud Rasmussen in 1960s.
The table top consists of two halves, both made of three layers of wood, each 5 mm thick.
The lower half is square and rotates of a 45 degrees angle to allow each of the triangular leaves forming the upper half to open out, finding support on the corners of the frame. Each of the triangular leaves is hinged to one side of the lower half of the table top.
The chairs were designed before the table and are inspired by an old-spindle back model that Klint used to borrow from sculpture professor Einar Utzon-Frank, to give to his pupils as a sample to be surveyed. The chair seat is square while the top rail is semicircular and 21 spindles connect the two.
The way the table and chairs integrate is as spectacular as the mechanism through which the revolving double top opens up.
The repetition of modular lengths and angles, the meticulously studied proportions and the extremely high quality of the details all work together to create a harmonious beauty mindful of the classics but sober and simple as in the Scandinavian tradition.
The whole suite is made of Cuban mahogany treated with bee’s wax; few units have been made since the design conception in 1934.
In excellent condition.
Table width and depth (top open): 87 cm
Table width and depth (top folded): 61.5 cm
Table Height: 68 cm