A dining table by the Danish designer Peder Moos has broken the world auction record for a piece of Nordic design, selling for over six million kroner.
The simple table was designed in 1952 for the Villa Aubertin in Nakskov – the home of timber merchant M. Aubertin and his wife – and was the only Moos piece in the house.
The table features thin curved legs supported by wing-shaped braces. It is bowed in the middle from use and, despite its price tag, is relatively humble in size; 99 centimetres high, 380 centimetres long and 73 centimetres wide.
Money in wood
The previous record was held by Danish architect and designer Finn Juhl’s 1949 Chieftain armchair, which sold for just over four million kroner in 2013. Until now, the highest selling Moos piece was a 1956 cabinet, which sold in 2014 for a bit over one million kroner.
Moos was trained as a cabinetmaker and later studied at Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Apart from a trolley and a coffee table manufactured by Fritz Hansen, he made all of his furniture himself. His work – which was predominantly made in wood – has been exhibited in Stockholm, the Hague and New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Moos died in 1991.
The table was sold as part of the London auction house Phillips’ October and Nordic design auctions. It was sold for more than four times its pre-sale estimate.
The table had previously been sold by the Lauritz auction house in 2014 for just under 4 million kroner.