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20th Century Design 21 Aug, 2019
Arne vodder
Hi Hoping this will be of interest to you. We have a sideboard which has been in the family since the 1950s my Grandfather purchased it in London at a exhibition it has always been known in the family as the Danish sideboard.We have had it in our house since 2004 it was moved a couple of weeks ago as we are combining our kitchen and dining room and we noticed the number 27 on the back so we decided to do some research this is what we found. 1/ There are lots of models 25/26/28/29/29A available for sale at dealers no 27 2/Our sideboard is the same width 84" and height 31" as the model 28 and looks the same wood 3/A model 27 does not appear in any catalogue or brochure held by any auction house or dealer we have contacted 4/We have searched the auction results of 4 million items on Mearto and Artnet no model 27 5/Our sideboard was made for export hence the imperial width 84" so we looked at the George Tarnier catalogues no 27 6/we looked in the Danish furniture directory no 27 7/ We contacted Marilyn Palley who started the Danish museum directory and she attributed it to Arne Vodder 8/There is no makers name on the sideboard because it was not intended for sale only exhibiting. We have come to the conclusion that this sideboard was never mas produced [the dovetails on the drawers are hand cut] and was never marketed and ours is the only one in existence.My Grandparents attended the Ideal Home Exhibition in London throughout the 50s and 60s we know Arne Vodder exhibited in London in 1954 we think my grandfather purchased it after the Exhibition so there would be no shipping costs back to Denmark and it could not be sold in Denmark because it is a imperial size.Because of the amount of work involved in the manufacture and cost of materials solid Rosewood not veneer the sideboard proved too expensive to sell in the Uk and they moved on to cheaper to manufacture sideboards.A local dealer has looked at it and considers it to higher quality than the model 29. We are considering selling the sideboard if you are interested please find attached photos.
Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000