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Jules Wabbes Center Table with Tulip Base in Wengé and Bronze

Sale price$82,500.00

Jules Wabbes, dining table or center table, bronze, end-grain wengé, Belgium, 1960s

Jules Wabbes created an outstanding piece of furniture that deserves a prominent place in one's living room. The tabletop owes its intricate appearance due to the use of the end-grain wood technique, resulting in rectangular pieces of wood with a pronounced patterned grain. The bronze base carries a "tulip" construction, of which the legs gracefully flow all the way from the top to the bottom. The branches are sculpted in a way that gently reminds of organic occurring dynamics. This specific model is meant to be placed away from the wall or in the middle of one's interior.

Jules Wabbes (1919-1974) was one of the leading Belgian furniture designers and interior architects of the Postwar period. Born in Brussels in 1919, he began his career as an actor. However, after several other professions, he eventually started to become interested in antiques. When Wabbes was 24, he opened an antiques shop where some of the furniture needed restoration. Therefore, he created a small workshop where he taught himself how to restore furniture. Therefore, in contrast to many of his contemporaries, he wasn't trained as a designer or architect but learned the craft of designing furniture by sheer necessity. Alongside restoration, he also started to design furniture. Because of the success of his ventures, it led to Wabbes designing many interiors for his clients. In 1971, Wabbes became professor at the Sint-Lucasinstituut in Brussels. Unfortunately, Wabbes died at an early age in 1974 due to cancer.

Overall, his work is aristocratic and modest, and characterized by a sensual use of materials and a clear, almost architectural tectonics. Wabbes developed a line and idiom of its own, averse to the playful and swinging style of many other furniture designs of the Postwar period. Wabbes, influenced by American designers such as Edward Wormley, chose to build his furniture with solid wood giving his designs not only a luxurious appearance but also honest, timeless and sophisticated aesthetics.

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Product Details

  • condition Good
  • creator Jules Wabbes (Designer)
  • date of manufacture 1960s
  • dimensions Height 30.32 in. Diameter 63 in.
  • dimensions Height 77 cm Diameter 160 cm
  • material Bronze Wenge
  • origin Belgium
  • period 1960-1969
  • style Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • barcode 50115210