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Johannes Andersen night stand

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- 13 Feb 2017 -
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Hi all,

I have just bought a very cool teak night stand in Lyon's flea market. It is unmarked.

I thought I knew what I was buying but I am now unsure. The night stand is usually attributed to Johannes Andersen for CF Christensen. That is what Lauritz and other websites say. Bruun Rasmussen says it is by Johannes Andersen and presumably made by Uldum.

So it seems that the general concensus is that the piece is by Johannes Andersen.

So far, I have failed to find any solid proof for this attribution. Do you guys know anything???

I bought it from a dealer so it was not especially cheap.

Here is a picture (not mine).

Johannes Andersen night stand
coffee & side tables
1960 - 1969


- 15 Feb 2017

I don't know the answer to this, but....

Aren't the "Johannes Andersen for Silkeborg" advertised pieces actually for "CFC Silkeborg", also known as C.F. Christensen or just CFC which happened to be located in Silkeborg?

Is Silkeborg Møbelfabrik actually the same company? (I would be inclined to think it is not without more evidence).

- 15 Feb 2017

They are different companies.

But according to the DFI, JA did design a bed for Silkeborg Møbelfabrik. So there might be something to that, howeve, I have known the DFI to have failed to distinguish properly between companies, and what you see when you look up Silkeborg is not very promising that they are reading their data right. The DFI wrongly shows the name of one of the companies "CFC Silkeborg". I wouldn't trust that the DFI realizes there are two companies here or has properly divided the listings between the two.

- 15 Feb 2017

You are right, there is a lot of confusion around CF Christensen. I even saw some of their pieces advertised as Silkeborg Møbelfabrik!

However, browsing through my Mobilias, I found this ad proving that Johannes Andersen has indeed worked for them at some point. Mobilia, issue #135. October 1966.

I did find another ad for Silkeborg Møbelfabrik with designs from Henning Korch. Mobilia, issue #137. December 1966.

- 16 Feb 2017

Nice, well, solid proof that Johannes Andersen did actually work for Silkeborg Møbelfabrik on other designs puts him on the list of "usual suspects" for this design. It seems odd that JA designed such quasi-traditional looking furniture in white painted wood for the company. If it weren't for that fact, I would say it puts him high on the list.

However, it makes me more believe that the teak bed made by Silkeborg Møbelfabrik that is credited to JA on the DFI could be accurate. So that helps me believe that JA did indeed design modern teak pieces for the company.

I think for proof of designer, you might need to find another Mobilia. I would think it is probably from before 1966. Does the construction give any clues as to the year? (particle board substrate vs møbelplade?).

- 16 Feb 2017

* The 'body' is made of plywood with a teak veneer (the drawers front and pulls as well).
* The inside of the drawers is made of beech and the back of the drawers in pine. Dovetail joints on the front and finger joints on the back.
* I believe the front and the 'base' are made of solid afrormosia.
* The legs are solid teak.
* The hidden parts are beech and pine.

That is a lot of different types of wood.
What would you say?

- 16 Feb 2017

When did metal leg brackets start being incorporated into Danish tables? I've always associated that construction as from the 70's, but it could have started sometime in the 60's.

- 16 Feb 2017

I have seen metal brackets in pieces from the 50s and 60s. A Bramin table comes to mind, my Aasbjerg dressers....

That construction looks like the late 50s or very early 60s to me.

- 16 Feb 2017

Does the lack of dado indicate anything about quality of the piece?

- 16 Feb 2017

Which dado are you asking about?

The drawers have dado runners, but they are not stopped dados, which is to say they were not routed individually. The stopped dado also literally stops the drawer when you close it which is a nice feature and the reason it was done that way. The dado all the way along the side is a result of milling it first then cutting the drawer sides, which would be a tiny bit faster.

- 17 Feb 2017

Leif, what make you say that the construction looks like late 50s, beggining of the 60s?

- 17 Feb 2017

The open bottom pine frame reminds me of some pieces I have (Falster and Vinde) that are very nice quality factory pieces from that era of factory production. But the biggest thing is the lack of particle board.

Particle board changed how case pieces were built.

- 17 Feb 2017

Leif, was there a tendency for makers to use a stopped dado or not for a particular piece? I've always considered the stopped dado (which is what i thought a dado meant) as an indicator of quality until I noticed a Soborg desk had the dado run to the dovetail.

- 17 Feb 2017

Speaking of Søborg, that company also used these metal brackets on sideboards and such.

Generally the side of a drawer is common to a particular shop across designers and time.

There are a lot of little things that make a particularly excellent drawer. A stopped dado is one of the elements. Lack of a stopped dado does not mean the piece is "bad" by any means though.

- 24 Feb 2017

At least it is confirming that the piece is from the early 1960s. Thanks Leif!

- 16 Apr 2018

This is Johannes Andersen for Silkeborg Møbelfabrik.

Have a pair myself and sold them before.

Great set! I charge 4000€ for mine.


- 16 Apr 2018

Thanks danishdesign. I managed to buy a second one from the very same dealer a few month after this one. I have the set!

But you are expensive my friend! Klassik (not exactly the cheapest place around for danish modern designs) is selling them for ca. 1000€ a piece.
Anyway, I have paid 200€ a piece / 400€ for the set. Seems like a pretty sweet deal for me.

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