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.
Provenance: Acquired directly from Het Goede Meubel, Utrecht in 1971
Literature: 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