Signed Mid-Century Modern Ostrich Game Table in Ostrich by Karl Springer For Sale
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Signed Mid-Century Modern Ostrich Game Table in Ostrich by Karl Springer

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This gorgeous and important game table was realized by Karl Springer- one of the most esteemed designers of the 20th Century. Springer was known for reviving classic Art Deco designs with bold proportions and exotic finishes. He liked, in his words, the materials to be "really out there, screaming." This refined game table features angular legs with streamlined exteriors and geometric right angled interiors. It is covered in luxe ostrich skin of an antique bone hue and offers a square brass inlay in the centre. This piece emblematizes Springer's clarity of classical form infused with late midcentury verve. This is a rare and stunning piece, signed on verso "Karl Springer 1983." Excellent vintage condition. American, 1983 Dimensions: 29.5" H x 33.75" W x 33.75" D.

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  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    1983
  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Materials and Techniques
    Brass,Ostrich Leather
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 29.5 in. x W 33.75 in. x D 33.75 in.H 74.93 cm x W 85.73 cm x D 85.73 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU793412832912
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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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