Large Burl & Brass Credenza or Buffet with Rosewood Inlay by Mastercraft, 1970s For Sale
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Large Burl & Brass Credenza or Buffet with Rosewood Inlay by Mastercraft, 1970s

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Impressive large scale credenza, sideboard or buffet in burl wood by Mastercraft, 1970s. Features dramatic, sculptural brass panels on the door fronts and an exotic rosewood inlay on the top. This is a hard to find piece and is quite sought after. Burl wood has just been restored by our workroom and is in excellent condition. We had our team lighten the burl a bit and take out the greenish tint so that the inherent beauty of the burl could shine though. The brass was left alone, as it has a desirable warm, rich patina. Brass has wear consistent with age and use but is in very good vintage condition and shows well. Dimensions: 81.5" long, 20" deep and 31" tall Whether furnishing a contemporary Soho loft or stylish post-war Park Avenue penthouse, an artistic Central Park townhome or your eccentric Brooklyn brownstone, our team is happy to help.

Details

  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    Burl wood has been restored and is in excellent condition. The brass has a rich, warm patina and was not restored for this reason. Brass in good vintage condition and shows well.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 31 in. x W 81.5 in. x D 20 in.H 78.74 cm x W 207.01 cm x D 50.8 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU1084013172251
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About Karl Springer (Designer)

The Berlin-born, New York–based designer Karl Springer brought a chic, high-fashion sensibility to furnishings. During his heyday in the 1970s, Springer’s work was a favorite of the glamour set, who enjoyed the novelty of pieces finished in rich and striking materials that ranged from exotic hides and skins to lacquer and chromed metal. In a sense, Springer was a pre-postmodernist. Much as the dull, safe, corporate sameness of late 20th-century modernism prompted Ettore Sottsass, Michael Graves and others to explore new and provocative structures and materials in design and architecture, so, too, was Springer driven to enliven his creations with fresh and alluring energy and sleekness.

Springer came to New York in the late 1950s and found work arranging window displays at the department store Lord & Taylor. He had studied bookbinding in Germany, and, using his meticulous skills, he began crafting desk accessories wrapped in leather as a sideline. These pieces were sold in luxury stores like Bergdorf Goodman, and drew a sophisticated clientele that included the Duchess of Windsor. By 1965, he had established his own Manhattan atelier, and at his death he had showrooms as far afield as Los Angeles, Tokyo and Munich.

The chairs, tables, credenzas and other furniture forms Springer created are generally simple, but substantial, and often have robust, rounded lines. The attraction of Springer’s work lies in his insistence on exacting construction and, above all, his eye for unusual materials and finishes. He employed Lucite, brass, and gunmetal along with chromed and polished steel, and revived exquisite finishes rarely seen since the days of Art Deco masters such as Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jean-Michel Frank: shagreen (a type of sharkskin), python, goatskin, bone, horn, and lacquered parchment, as well as fabrics that include batik prints. Made of such materials, Springer’s work is by its very nature flamboyant and eye-catching: a suite of pieces will astonish, and an artfully placed side table in exotic hide will add a surprising spark.

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