Jean Claude Dresse Pair of Side Tables in Brass
Jean Claude Dresse, pair of side tables, brass and steel, Belgium, 1970s
A luxurious pair of squared side tables, crafted with high attention for detail which is characteristic for the work of the Belgian artist Jean Claude Dresse. This pair has a sculptural appearance established by a geometrical base consisting of a rectangular shaped structure. The top embodies a phenomenal texture featuring etched lines that circulate in a biomorphic movement. Furthermore, the surface is divided into three parts by means of carving, composed of wavy lines that run towards each other. At this point, different abstract forms are carved resulting in an intriguing composition. The side of the top is signed stating ‘Dresse’.
Jean Claude Dresse (1946-) is a Belgian artist and designer. He graduated from the art academy in Charleroi. His background of being a visual artist is clearly visible in his furniture designs as he uses artistic techniques such as mosaic and etchings. His oeuvre embodies designs made of precious metals such as brass and copper. Together with his father Marcel, he was a prominent figure in the furniture business in the 1980s and belonged to the artistic Walloon School that focused on glamorous aesthetics. After he and his father were successful as designers Jean Claude embarked on a career as a visual artist. Dresse designed many furniture pieces on commission, which means that a large part of these items is custom-made.
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