Gerrit Rietveld designed the first Elling cabinet in 1919. The original example, executed in oak, was acquired by architect Piet Elling and later destroyed in a fire. In 1951, cabinetmaker G.A. van de Groenekan produced a second Elling cabinet under Rietveld's supervision for an exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Subsequently, van de Groenekan produced a small number of made-to-order Elling cabinets including this example.
With manufacturer's paper label to underside ‘G.A.v.d Groenekan Utrechtseweg 315, DE BILT’. The original invoice from Het Goede Meubel is included.
Acquired directly from Het Goede Meubel, Utrecht in 1971
The Furniture of Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, Baroni, pp. 39, 54-55
The Complete Rietveld Furniture, Vöge, pp. 10, 15, 52-53,
Gerrit Rietveld, van Zijl, p. 34,
Gerrit Th. Rietveld: The Complete Works 1888-1964, Küper and van Zijl, pp. 78-79
Produced by G.A. Van De Groenekan.
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