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Yvan Obozinski kaptafel

Dressing table 1932

Yvan Obozinski BE

Manufacture générale de ­meubles StevensBE

Japanese ash, lacquerwork, mirror, metal, textile

purchase via Galerie St-John, 2017

This dressing table came into existence on the occasion of a lottery that the Belgian authorities organized in 1932 to support artists during the economic crisis. It was part of an art-deco bedroom that had been submitted by the newly founded Société Belge des Métiers d’Art (Belgian Society of Creative Professions), an association for the promotion of applied arts. Yvan Obozinksi worked on it with Marcel Wolfers for the lacquerware and Jean Goffin for the carpets. All of the lottery’s artworks were exhibited in the summer of 1932 in the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. The bedroom was won by the Ghent sculptor Leon Sarteel, who himself had also submitted a piece. The furniture was used by his descendants in his house in the Vaderlandstraat until 2017.


Norbert Poulain, Meubelensembles voor de Tombola nationale des beaux-arts, 1932, in: Interbellum, jg. 37 (2017), nr. 3, pp. 5-12;
Met dank aan Norbert Poulain (Interbellum) en Raf Steel (Galerie St-John).