Serge Roche and Syrie Maugham - Design London Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Patrick Mauriès, Serge Roche, Galerie Chastel-Maréchal, Paris, 2006, p. 104 for a work on paper illustrating a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    Syrie Maugham represented several of the most renowned designers and artists of her time, including Jean-Michel Frank and Diego Giacometti, whose works she retailed to decorators like David Adler and Frances Elkins. To this day, she is heavily associated with many of these figures, though especially with Serge Roche who made the fanciful and classical plaster decorations that she prized.

    The present form is known as a ‘Knole’ sofa, named after the early seventeenth-century original at Knole House in Kent. The sofa type is defined by its fat sides of the same height, which are held together by rope tied around the finials on each corner which can be loosened to adjust the pitch of the sides. It is one of the oldest sofa forms recorded, as previously seating design was limited to benches and chairs.



circa 1936
Velvet, plaster-covered and painted wood.
108 x 178 x 94 cm (42 1/2 x 70 1/8 x 37 in.)

£18,000 - 22,000 

Sold for £22,500

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London 26 September 2013