Laszlo Hoenig, a console table, circa walnut and leather with brass fittings to the drawers

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Lot 8
Laszlo Hoenig, a console table, circa 1958
walnut and leather with brass fittings, the top with a tooled gold leaf design under glass

Sold for £ 3,840 (US$ 4,855) inc. premium
Laszlo Hoenig, a console table, circa 1958
walnut and leather with brass fittings, the top with a tooled gold leaf design under glass
applied enamlled brass tag for 'Laszlo Hoenig London W1' to the interior of one drawer height 85cm x top 111 x 38cm.

Footnotes

  • Laszlo Hoenig, the Jewish modernist designer / architect of Austro-Hungarian descent, settled in London in 1933 as a result of the rise of National Socialism in Germany. Following a brief spell designing for furniture manufacturers E Warren Ltd, Hoenig opened a shop in 1936 in South Audley Street, Mayfair, producing private commissions for a range of wealthy clients and corporations, including the Bank of England, Winston Churchill and Lionel Jacobson, later the head of the Burton Tailoring group.

    During the 1960's Hoenig shop showcased his furniture alongside Italian design pieces by Fontana Arte and Piero Fornasetti.

    The two lots in this sale form part of a private commission from a North London interior in 1958. A third piece from the same residence will be offered in our Vision 21 sale on March 17th at Bonhams Knighstbridge.

    Whilst the Art Deco style was characteristic of Hoenig's designs throughout his career it is possible that these pieces date from an earlier period. The console and sideboard in particular recall the African inspired works of modernist designers such as Eileen Gray and Pierre Emile Legraine.

    For a further discussion on the designer see Duane Kalhamer's 'Individualist in Mayfair, Laszlo Hoenig: Architect, Interior Designer' from 'The Decorative Arts Society 1850 to the Present', Journal 32.
Laszlo Hoenig, a console table, circa 1958 walnut and leather with brass fittings, the top with a tooled gold leaf design under glass
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