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Piano Stool: M.3-2022

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Piano Stool


Designer: Rietveld, Gerrit Thomas
Maker: Groenekan, Gerard A. van der




High stool, comprised of nine wooden dowels painted black, the ends painted blue, structured to form a stool, across which two pieces of brown leather are stretched to form a seat and backrest.

Legal notes

Given by the Executors of the Estate of David Scrase, 2021, in memory of Rick Mather

Place(s) associated

  • Utrecht ⪼ Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2022-04-29) by Executors of the Estate of David Scrase


Production date: AD 1923


Originally designed in 1923. As with Red Blue Chair (M.1-2022), Rietveld was often thinking of the possibilities for mass production and therefore incorporated pre-made round staves into this design. However, these proved to lack stability as they had significantly less contact area compared to square timber. Also, as discussed by Ida van Zijl of the Dutch Design Museum, leather was a poor choice of material for a piano stool as it creaked. ‘People complain about the creaking of the leather when the music is quiet,’ Rietveld wrote to the architect J. J. P. Oud, for whom the chair was intended. ‘Amidst the noise at home I hadn’t thought about that.’

Components of the work

Frame composed of wood
Panels composed of leather

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: M.3-2022
Primary reference Number: 311373
Object entry form: 1490
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Audit data

Created: Monday 18 July 2022 Updated: Wednesday 25 January 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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