A GERMAN MAHOGANY DROP LEAF TABLE, BY BRUNO PAUL
H: 26.25 W: 55 D: 47.5 inches
H: 66.7 W: 139.7 D: 120.7 cm
The quartered veneered top with two bookmatched leaves on eight square legs joined by stretchers.The overall length: 55'The closed dimension: 20'Each leaf length: 18 3/4'
Provenance: The Bruno Paul designed residence of Alois Landerer, Breslau or Prague The Estate of Lilly LandererBruno Paul (1874-1968) academic, illustrator, designer and architect created homes for Alois Landerer in Breslau and Prague. Typical of Paul's work, he was responsible for the architecture and interiors including the furnishings. Paul was a key figure of the early modernist movement and founding member of the Münchner Sezession and subsequently the Deutscher Werkbund, a precursor to the Bauhaus. A man of great talent and versatility, Paul was an accomplished designer of the Jugendstil and became a much sought after architect and designer of palatial homes and luxury ocean liners executed in a restrained yet elegant classicism. Later, he revolutionized furniture production through his ingenious Typenmöbel collection of unit furniture of standardized, machine made pieces used in a multitude of combinations. Amongst his many students were Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Adolf Meyer and Kem Weber.