a modernist painted and decorated chest of drawers, Sweden ca 1930.
The sides and the top lacquered in black, the front in greyish green with an abstract modern, geometrical motif, nine different sized drawers with white metal handles. The reverse marked 'Formgivning och dekor av Ingegerd Torhamn (18)98 12 27 - 0420'. Height 166 cm, width 100 cm, depth 60 cm.
300 000 - 400 000 SEK
31 612 - 42 150 EUR
The Torhamn family.
Ingegerd Torhamn (1898-1994)
Ingegerd Torhamn was inspired by the contemporary abstract modernist art at the time, in the 1920-30's.
Ahead of the 1930 Stockholm Exhibition she was showing some scetches for rugs to the director of the exhibition, Gunnar Asplund.
Asplund appreciated the concept and told Ingegerd Torhamn to have the carpets made after those drawings.
These were placed into different architect's settings at the exhibition and these are what Torhamn is most reknowned for today.
Especially well-known from different photographs is the rug that was put into the architect Sven Markelius' house.
The textiles of Ingegerd Torhamn are more related to contemporary art at the time, rather than to the textiles that otherwise was produced in Sweden.
Torhamn and her husband Gunnar had taken part of the international art scene when spending quite some time in Paris in the mid 1920's.
This period inspired her a great deal.
In the late 1920's Torhamn went to Berlin and the Bauhaus. She saw Breuer's tubular steel pieces of furniture and so much liked them that she brought a few of them back home.
She said at some stage that 'I was made for the modernism (funktionalism), it is like I have always waited for this to come'.
Her textile oeuvre has sometimes been compared with the suprematistic art of the Russian Malevitj, sometimes they have been called 'purist'.
However, she was more or less neglected by her fellow artists and art historians at the time.
The Torhamn couple seem to have been good at their interior decorating wherever they lived with their family,
though it is very unlikely that she did create any other pieces of furniture of this dignity.