I took an hour off of my busy schedule on Friday to spend time at an auction preview. It was there that this question came to mind.
Many of you know and understand the question but for those who might not, let me provide some background information.
This is a Roorkee chair available from many vendors. There is also a fair amount of information available for the do-it-yourselfers amongst you.
French curves used in drafting, an early, manual version of CAD (computer aided design.
The product of this imagined unholy coupling is below:
The Hoop Chair – Børge Mogensen (Denmark, 1914-1972)
Description: 1950s, bentwood beech frame, stitched leather back and seat with underside straps, unmarked.
This lot has sold for $1,600.
A side view provides no further answers.
A rear view illustrates some adjustments but no rationale for its existence.
This auction featured more of what many call Modern Furniture or, in New York, Mid-Century Modern.
Søren Georg Jensen (Danish, 1917-1982), Set of Six Teak Dining Chairs and Niels Otto Møller (Denmark, 1920-1982), Model 12 Teak Dining Table
Description: 1960s, Norway, manufactured by Nesjestranda Mobelfabrik, teak crest rail/arms with finger joint, ‘Y’ formed back splay tapers into the turned rear spindle, black naugahyde seats on rounded tapered legs.
This lot has sold for $4,400.
Description: For J.L. Moller Mobelfabrik, Denmark, 1960s, top with banded edge and two pull-out extension leaves, on rounded tapered legs, labeled.
This lot has sold for $2,200.
Charles and Ray Eames, Rosewood Lounge Chair and Ottoman.
Description: Herman Miller, Zeeland, Michigan, models 670 and 671 in black leather with black painted steel and aluminum swivel bases, labeled.
This lot has sold for $3,600.
Herman Miller, Goetz Leather Sofa
Description: Designed by Mark Goetz circa 2000, molded walnut veneer frame with black leather upholstery, loose cushions raised on aluminum legs, unmarked.
This lot has sold for $2,600
Jens Quistgaard (Danish, 1919-2008), Flip-Top Executive Desk for Løvig
Description: 1970s, teak, rectangular form with four drawers and hinged bookcase to back edge raised on four straight legs with stretcher.
This lot has sold for $1,500.
Joseph Hoffman (Austrian, 1870-1956), Fledermaus Table and Four Chairs
Description: Early 20th century, beech, including a circular table with eight turned legs, ball finials, circular stretcher, and four arm chairs with flat single piece bent crest rail/arm, triple bent-rail back support, oval bent wood arm supports on eight turned legs with repeating bent wood stretcher, later velvet upholstery.
This lot has sold for $2,000.
Jacques Garcia (French, b.1947), Auguste Lounge Chair
Description: Baker, contemporary, hammered and patinated iron frame with stitched black leather upholstery, labeled.
This lot has sold for $550.
Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976), Artek Tank Chair and Side Table
Description: Finland, 2003, model 400 chair in bentwood birch with Zebra style upholstery, together with an Artek circular side table, labeled.
This lot has sold for $2,300.