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Beach buggy - Bolderwagon
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    Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, born 1888 - died 1964
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Bolderwagon

  • Object:

    Beach buggy

  • Date:

    1918 (designed)
    1968 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, born 1888 - died 1964 (designer)
    Groenekan, Gerard A. van der, born 1904 - died 1994 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Bernard Gay

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.85-1975

  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Moving Toys Gallery, case 8

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This buggy was designed by the architect Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (1888-1964), an imortant member of the Dutch art movement known as De Stijl (1917-1932). It was designed in 1918 as part of a range that was primarily intended for use by his children. The range included a child's chair and cot, a sledge, a wheelbarrow and this pull along buggy. They proved very popular and although none of the original series appears to have survived. This one was made in c1968 by G. van de Groenekan, his cabinet maker.

Physical description

This is a copy of the buggy made for the original series of toys designed by the architect Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (1888-1964), who was a member of the Dutch art movement known as De Stijl (1917-1932). The style is abstract and geometrical, composed of vertical and horizontal lines and the colours used are red, blue, yellow, black and white.

Date

1918 (designed)
1968 (made)

Artist/maker

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, born 1888 - died 1964 (designer)
Groenekan, Gerard A. van der, born 1904 - died 1994 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wood

Object history note

The object, together with Circ.86-1975, was commissioned specially for a De Stijl exhibition held at the Hampstead Arts Centre which was organised by the donor.

Historical context note

Rietveld designed toys and furniture, initially for his own children, based on the simple straight lines of the De Stijl movement, and painted in primary colours. These pieces included a child's chair and cot, a sledge, a wheelbarrow, and the baby buggy which could be pulled. The buggy was designed in 1918, this one was made c. 1968 by G van de Groenekan, who was an assistant to Rietvelt and a cabinet maker (and made the originals).

Descriptive line

Painted wooden beach buggy made in Holland in c1968

Categories

Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Collection code

MoC

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