Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (Utrecht, 1888-1964) Metz & Co sideboard ‘r54', 1936 Executed in The Netherlands, circa 1941 White laquered beech wood and plywood, metal and wire glass H 93 x W 200 x D 51.5 cm Provenance: Mr and Mrs Montagne-Van Lommel, Rotterdam 1941; Mrs. H.H. Van Domisse-Van Lommel, 1947 the Hague; Mrs. Foss-Montagne 1991; Sotheby’s Amsterdam 1995; private collection, Amsterdam Exhibition: Bas van Pelt, The Netherlands, The Hague, 1960
Commissioned by the avant-garde department store Metz & Co in Amsterdam, the Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld designed a small sideboard in 1932 consisting of wire glass sliding doors on a chromed steel base that could be combined with a separate drawer unit. With this design as a starting point he created sideboard r54 in 1936 which is a combination of the small sideboard and the drawer unit in one piece. The first owners bought this sideboard in 1941.