12-17-2011 12-17-2011
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2577B Boston
December 17, 2011 10:00 AMCalender

Four Gemla Side Chairs

Auction: 20th Century Design - 2577B Location: Boston Date / Time: December 17, 2011 10:00AM


Four Gemla Side Chairs
Hardwood and laminated wood
Dio, Sweden
Curved continuous back to arm rest over diagonal pierced wood seats, manufacturer's label, ht. 29 in.

Note: Gemla Furniture, a company founded in Stockholm in 1861 was originally a manufacturer of wooden toys. After a fire in 1884 the company relocated to Dio, Sweden, and the toys gave way to the manufacturing of furniture at the beginning of the 20th century. From 1910, Gemla became known for its high-quality line of bentwood furniture known as Weiner furniture similar to Thonet and Josef Hoffman and to this day features a large collection of classical "furniture of the Vienna era." In the 1920s and 30s Gemla introduced tubular steel furniture similar to that of Marcel Breuer to Sweden, however the Swedes preferred furniture made of wood, and that has remained the company's focus. In the 50s and 60s Gemla produced furniture by many famous architects and designers, such as Poul M. Volther, and a long line of innovators. The chairs listed reflect Gemla's long history and tradition of design, innovation.
Estimate $800-1,200


Gemla Furniture, Dio, Stockholm, Josef Hoffman, Thonet Hoffman, tubular steel furniture, Marcel Breuer