Wimbledon-Furniture is delighted to offer for auction this one of a kind Martin Rice (now deceased) Natural tree form contemporary desk and chair
Please note the delivery fee listed is just a guide, it covers within the M25 only, for an accurate quote please send me your postcode
There are around 50-100 high definition super-sized pictures at the bottom of this page
Where to begin, this piece is the only one in existence, the designer creator and sculptor Martin Rice sadly passed away in the early part of this year, he made a very small amount of furniture, there are only seven documented pieces two of which are included in this auction. This is the kind of set that in 50 years time you see in a Christies auction house breaking records
They are simply subline to look at from every angle, the definition of art furniture, these pieces feel like bringing the most beautiful sculptural elements of nature into your home, wherever this suite ends up in whatever setting I can guarantee you it will be the most amazing jaw dropping accent in the room
After some research I have learnt that the process of manufacture is rather painstaking, the timber is stacked plywood of all different types, its sculptured to the artists desires, it is an immensely time consuming and ultimately beautiful process
In terms of the condition we have cleaned waxed and polished the timber, the glass has been razor cleaned. The wood looks to be mostly in perfect order, I’ve seen one scratch on the bottom right side, there could be some more patina marks here and there, the glass has some light marks if you hunt for them, a slight small rough section on one edge, these are all very small imperfections and I only mentioned them in the spirit of honesty, they don’t detract for the overall beauty one little bit
The glass top is simply put massive, it weighs around 100kgs and is the thickest reinforced safety glass I have ever handled, its so heavy that it actually creates flex in the timber desk frame which is amazing.
The chairs sits perfectly under the desk as you can see in the pictures meaning the two pieces perfectly complement one another
A LITTLE ABOUT MARTIN RICE
Martin Rice made the leap that many creative business people caught in a rat-race can only dream about. He left behind the world of cutting-edge innovative software and decided to follow his faithful calling – as an artistic sculptor, working from a studio high up on the Pennines creating unusual yet functional sculptures.
He loved working with uniquely sustainable and often recycled industrial materials to create a new art form that is beautiful, striking, and exciting genre of functional furniture, interiors, and landscaping designs.
Martin’s work often reflected his three-dimensional aesthetic imaginations in which he strives to crisscross the artifact’s functional considerations with human emotions. “All my life I have imagined forms. Everywhere I go, I see shapes in nature that inspires the imaginary work I am creating in my mind”, says Martin “Materials have always fascinated me. I always felt tremendous joy when I uncover the hidden beauty in what most people tend to overlook.”
Inspirational and Unorthodox Route to Fulfilment
Width:- 273.5cm at the widest points, 214cm glass only along the front edge
Depth:- 103cm timber back to glass front, glass only 93.5cm
Glass thickness:- 1.5cm
Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point, if you would like any additional or specific measurements please ask
Any questions please feel free to ask before you bid
DELIVERY OR COLLECTION
This item is available for collection from our Wimbledon warehouses SW19-3BE, we can have it delivered nationwide to include Scotland Wales and Ireland.
Please contact me via email or my contact information is under the business seller section of the listing with your postcode for a delivery quotation.
Please be sure to include which item you would like to buy as the price is determined on size and distance, if you would like more than one piece of furniture the courier offers a substantial discount on the second and third item, for international shipping please view the below information
Wimbledon-Furniture is a privately owned family ran business out of Wimbledon SW19, we have four large storage warehouse’s, if you have any questions my number is under the business sellers information, please feel free to call or text
We accept payment via card at the warehouse on the day of collection, PayPal or bacs prior to collection We would kindly ask that all items are paid for within 48 hours and collected within 7 working days, we can hold all paid items for 14 days free of charge, there after a £10 a week storage fee will apply for the first two weeks
Please ask before purchase should you wish us to hold something for longer than two weeks, if after three months your item isn’t collected you will forfeit your payment and the item will be placed for sale again
Please view the very detailed pictures as they form part of the description around condition
Please also ask any questions before you bid and not after, all of our items are sold as seen and as listed
Please note vintage period and original items such as leather seating will always have natural patina in the form of cracking creasing and wear, we recommend regular waxing to ensure no moisture is lost, also hand dyed leather is not recommended to sit in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as it will dry out and fade
COURIER (LARGE ITEMS ONLY THAT CAN’T BE POSTED)
Absolutely nothing is sent for free, every item has a specific price for delivery, please ask for a quote before you bid and not after
Your invoice will be sent with zero balance in the delivery section, this is because all delivery fees are paid directly to the courier company to keep your costs down, if we charge you through ebay we have to add ebay and paypal fees, vat and other taxes to make sure the courier company are paid the exact amount they charge
We can arrange delivery nationwide, mostly with Wimbledon couriers, for Europe we use two reasonably priced professional companies that we trust, for the rest of the world it is location specific
Whoever delivers will always require help on the larger items to unload, the price you will be quoted will always be based on this assumption, if this is not possible please let us know as it will affect the price to send a two man team
Delivery is to the ground floor only, again if you need help upstairs or in flats etc that’s absolutely not a problem, the couriers charge £10-£20 per flight per man per item, if you have a working elevator then naturally there’s no additional fee
All courier fees are paid by yourself directly to the courier company, the contract for delivery is between yourselves the client and whichever courier you chose from those available I’m happy to accommodate your own courier after a cleared payment has been received, they need to book in a collection time with at least 24 hour’s notice, all collections must be made within 14 working days of the close of the auction unless agreed by prior arrangement
INTERNATIONAL DELIVERYS 2018
Delivery time can take two to three weeks depending on the courier’s routes for the above mentioned countries The price listed is just a guide, please contact us for a quote before buying, if you have your own courier or wish to book the collection in yourself we are happy to accommodate you