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Rosewood and Chrome 9-Drawer Dresser by Leif Jacobsen, circa 1970

$6,900

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Rosewood and chrome 9-drawer dresser by Leif Jacobsen, circa 1970. Rare rosewood and chrome 9-drawer dresser or credenza by Danish cabinetmaker Leif Jacobsen, circa 1970. Exceptional craftsmanship and rosewood grain, this dresser is in original condition with only very slight wear as shown. Cabinet hardware is original and very solid. The grain on this piece is exceptional and overall is very heavy, quality construction. Measures 75.5" W x 19" D x 28" H     Leif Jacobsen was born in Denmark but his family came to Canada when he was still an infant. In 1952 he opened an eponymous custom millwork firm. The company was subcontracted to complete work for American firms Knoll International and Herman Miller, but soon moved into designing its own furnishings under the direction of Danish-trained cabinetmaker Svend Neilsen. Leif Jacobsen made furnishings for major retailers of the day, including Walter Nugent Designs, Nienkämper, and Metalsmiths. They were also known for their high-end custom office furnishings: a suite could cost upwards of $20,000 in the 1960s. (Gotlieb & Golden, p. 243) The firm’s luxurious rosewood credenza shows why prices were so high. The workmanship is impeccable and the style timeless. In the end, Knoll International won the contract over three Canadian bids, yet it was Canadians who produced most of the furniture. According to Gotlieb and Golden, Canadians were seen as good enough to manufacture the furniture but not good enough to design it. The mayor’s desk was something of an exception. Knoll Canada’s head designer John Quigg was, in fact Canadian-born, although perhaps not as recognizable as independent Canadian designers like Robin Bush, Stefan Siwinski, and Walter Nugent (all of whom had designs in the various losing bids). Quigg designed a desk for Toronto’s mayor that Leif Jacobsen would manufacture from cast concrete and teak.

Details

  • Creator
    Leif Jacobsen (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Width: 75.5 in. (191.77 cm)Depth: 19 in. (48.26 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very fine original condition with only slight wear.
  • Seller Location
    Costa Mesa, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1384222080732

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    Ships From: Costa Mesa, CA
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