Friday, May 25, 2018

Renzo Rutili for Johson Furniture; Asian Modern Cabinet

Our May showstopper comes from Renzo Rutili (1901-1966).  Renzo Rutili was born in Pennsylvania and educated at Carnegie Institute.  He also studied design in Europe for several years before becoming a designer for Johnson Furniture Co.  He served as their head of design from 1933 into the 1960's.  In addition to creating his own extraordinary designs for the company, he oversaw the design and production of works contracted by such iconic Modern designers as Paul Frankl and Eliel Saarinen.  This stunning cabinet by Renzo Rutili is composed of two units which sit in a separate base.  It has been newly restored with the exception of the doors and the backs which are in original condition.  The doors are gold leafed and handpainted with subtle landscape scenes.  The backs are ebonized and handpainted, and there is a single hole for a cord in the lower right corner of one unit.  The feet have their original patinated brass caps.  Inside each cabinet is one full length adjustable shelf.  One of the shelves has the original Johnson label.  As always, the trifecta of quality, design and value here at MTA.   68" l., 19" d., 25" h.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD
Condition:  Doors and back are in very good original condition with age appropriate wear.  Base, sides and top are newly restored.