Marianne Richter - Design New York Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Sweden

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot is registered in the Märta Måås-Fjetterström Archives as #32178 and #32320. Phillips would like to thank Angelica Persson and Martin Chard from Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB for their assistance cataloguing the present lot.

    The 1970s was a period of change for Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB. Kaisa Melanton took over as artistic director from Barbro Nilsson, who had been in charge since 1942. Marianne Richter, who first came to the studio as an intern in 1937, continued on and was commissioned to create simplified designs that would appeal to a younger audience. To create something completely new, Richter turned to the very traditional. Korsvirke is inspired by the half-timbered houses (korsvirkeshus in Swedish) common in the southern parts of Sweden. This ancient building technique uses an exposed load-bearing timber frame and light infill, creating graphic facades. Marianne Richter has reversed the colors in these two rugs, and also went on to create versions in bright red, blue and green.


Two "Korsvirke brun" rugs

designed in 1972, the larger executed in 1976
Handwoven wool on a linen warp.
104 1/2 x 104 1/2 in. (265.4 x 265.4 cm), 96 x 68 3/4 in. (243.8 x 174.6 cm)
Produced by Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB, Båstad, Sweden. The larger woven by Inga Karlsson and Gunnie Mattsson, the smaller woven by Gunnie Mattsson. Each woven with manufacturer’s mark AB MMF and artist’s initials MR. Each together with a certificate of authenticity from Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $25,000

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New York Auction 12 December 2017