Tue, 2nd Feb 2016 10:00


Lot 143


An Art Deco coromandel sideboard

An Art Deco coromandel sideboard,
designed by Serge Chermayeff (1900-1996) for Waring and Gillow Ltd., the raised centre with five drawers flanked by cupboards, over two further drawers, on a raised plinth, labelled and stamped to the top drawer and numbered 93224 to the back,
153cm wide
61cm deep
99cm high

Serge Chermayeff (1900-1996)
Born in Grozny in 1900 to a wealthy Jewish family, Chermayeff came to England to be educated at Harrow School. After a brief time as a journalist and then a professional dancer, and with no formal training, he joined Waring and Gillow as the head of their Modern Art Studio.

In 1928, in collaboration with the French decorator, Paul Follot, who ran Waring and Gillow's Paris branch, he organised an Exhibition of Modern Design, which gave the British public access to luxurious Paris furnishings and an introduction to the French modern style.

This sideboard is identical in form to that in the 1928 Exhibition, but this example is veneered entirely in coromandel. See Modern English Furniture, Country Life, 1930 p. 52 and p.157. The label for Waring and Gillow on the sideboard dates the piece between 1928-1931.

Chermayeff founded his own design practice in 1931 and designed interiors, most notably for the BBC. Between 1933-1936, he collaborated with the architect Erich Mendelsohn on several buildings, including the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, Sussex. Built of steel, glass, and concrete, the pavilion was the first public building in Great Britain to be designed in the International Modern style.

In 1939 he went to teach in the US, later holding the position of Head of the Department of Architecture at Harvard. He filled the same post at Yale from 1962 until his retirement in 1970.

Alan Powers Serge Chermayeff: Designer, Architect, Teacher RIBA 2001
Barbara Tilson The Modern Art Department, Waring and Gillow, 1928-1931 Journal of Decorative Arts, No.8, 1983

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Sold for £1,650

Condition Report
Top central drawer handle split and repaired.
Veneer loss to top right of left cupboard door and to the top right front of sideboard.



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