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Bernhard Rohne for Mastercraft Acid Etched Brass and Ebonized Cocktail Table


A square cocktail table created by metal sculptor Bernhard Rohne for Mastercraft circa 1970 in acid etched brass with ebonized wood and inset bevelled glass top. See dining table version in late 1970s issue of H&G magazine: image # 20. From Bernhard Rohne's biography: 1944 born in Peine, near Hannover, West Germany. 1956 moved from Leipzig, East Germany, to Hannover, West Germany. Father said “Goodbye to Karl Marx”. 1959 apprenticeship for painting and design. 1962 Journeyman’s exam completed with excellence. Entrance examination for Werkkunstschule (modelled after Bauhaus). 1965 Completion of Werkkunstschule (Art School/Applied Art) and certification. Projects in metal etching, enameling and stained glass. First development of full-sized coffee table in etched zinc. 1966 Associate in Mosaic Workshop in South Germany. Development of etched metal plates incorporated in furniture. 1967 Immigrated to Vancouver, Canada. 1969 Beginning of Metallic Design Studio. Developed new techniques for original etched and oxidized metal plates. Canadian Guild of Crafts prize for excellence and Adelaide Marriot Award. 1969 – 1981 Exhibited extensively in Canada, the USA (Baker Showrooms), Great Britain (Harrod’s of London) and Germany.  


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    Near perfect.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 17.5 in. x W 40 in. x D 40 in.H 44.45 cm x W 101.6 cm x D 101.6 cm
  • Seller Location
    Hingham, MA
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About Mastercraft (Manufacturer)

Compared to that other furniture-makers in historically minded Grand Rapids, Michigan, the work of Mastercraft seems positively flamboyant. The company was founded in 1947 by brothers Charles and William Doezema, who hailed from a long line of cabinetmakers. They went overseas during their service in World War II, and returned home with a plan to make furniture with cosmopolitan flair. Their firm specialized in chairs and case pieces that have modernized traditional forms, finished in exotic wood veneers such as amboyna, yew, burl and fruitwood, and trimmed in brass. Bureaus and credenzas often feature cabinet fronts with decorative brass details such as silhouettes of flowers and birds, or figures that resemble Chinese characters.

     In later years, Mastercraft created chairs and glass-topped coffee tables with brass frames. Some pieces included touches like the Greek key — a motif that appears in the decorative arts of both Asian and European antiquity. After Mastercraft was acquired by industry giant Baker Furniture in 1974, the company produced a large group of case pieces featuring applied brass plaques, acid-etched with semi-abstract forms by the German-born, Vancouver-based artist Bernhard Rohne.

     The latter are some of the most popular Mastercraft pieces, and like all the company’s wares range in price from about $2,000 to $12,000 depending on size, condition and the amount of decorative trim. As you will see on these pages, Mastercraft furnishings made a bold but artful statement — perfect for lending a bit of dash and brawn to a contemporary decor.

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