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  • Provenance

    Commissioned by an important Danish collector; Thence by descent

  • Literature

    Grete Jalk, Dansk Møbelkunst gennem 40 aar, Vol. 3 1947-1956, Copenhagen, 1987, illustrated p. 27, fig. 1; Peder Moos, Teknologisk Instituts, Forlag, 1988, illustrated pp. 30- 31

  • Catalogue Essay

    Peder Moos, among the most promising Danish Master Cabinetmakers of the mid-century, is known for his exceptional techniques highlighted by the decorative flourishes of his joinery. He exhibited his best work, including the present lot, at the annual Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibitions, held between 1939 and 1966 at the Danish Museum
    of Decorative Art. Made to order and requiring painstaking attention, Moos’s mostly unique designs have always been exceedingly rare. Moos never applied varnish, preferring to polish his surfaces with shavings, creating a soft, natural finish. Eschewing nails and screws, Moos relied on dowels, wooden pins, and wedges – wood against wood. A true artist,
    Moos imposed three rules on his clients: he would design the appropriate form to suit the room in question; he determined the price; and he never worked under deadlines.

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Unique lady’s desk

1953-54
Produced by Master Cabinetmaker Peder Moos, Denmark. Carved and shaped walnut, lemonwood drawer liners, ebony inlay and decorative keys.
63.9 x 103 x 64 cm (25 1/8 x 40 1/2 x 25 1/4 in)
Tabletop with inlaid cabinetmaker’s monogram and the underside incised by the artist with ‘MOOS/1953-54’ and artist’s mark.

Estimate
£150,000 - 200,000 

Important Nordic Design

17 November 2011
London