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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Stockholm, 1938

  • Literature

    Gunhild Haller-Augot, “Märta Måås-Fjetterström,” Form, no. 1, 1931, p. 1, fig. 1, p. 7, fig. 6

  • Catalogue Essay

    Designed by Märta Måås-Fjetterström in 1929 the first “Joakim” rug was cut down from its loom in 1930 and then exhibited the same year at the Stockholmsutställningen. The present lot was ordered by a building constructor for his home in Stockholm on October 28, 1938.

    Gunhild Haller-Augot wrote in the Swedish periodical Form that “from a textile point of view, the large knotted pile rug “Joakim” is of particular interest. It has a modernist block pattern where there is nothing to remove or add. It is simply perfect in its kind and the border is a wonder in its originality and ingenuity (Form, no. 1, 1931).”

    Phillips wishes to thank Angelica Persson from Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB, for her assistance with the cataloguing of the present lot.


"Joakim" rug

designed 1929, woven 1938
Knotted and woven wool on a linen warp.
131 1/2 x 85 3/4 in. (334 x 217.8 cm)
Produced by Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB, Båstad, Sweden, woven by Inger Ahlmann and Daggie Jansson. Woven with manufacturer's mark MMF. Together with a certificate of authenticity from Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB.

$20,000 - 30,000 

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New York Auction 15 December 2015 1pm