Rarely seen in the United States, highboards were an integral part of Danish interiors in the 1960s. In typical Scandinavian fashion, a whole lot of usefulness and style is packed into one piece of furniture. This piece, No. 14 by highly collectible designer Johannes Andersen for Uldum Møbelfabrik, was just brought over from Denmark this winter. Drop-dead gorgeous details include the sculpted solid teak base, amazing hand-carved handles with "fins" that turn the corner on the drawers, and overall very fine construction and attention to detail. It has the perfect patina of properly-cared-for 60-year-old teak.
On the top, the outer sliding doors open to reveal adjustable shelving. The center left section houses a fabulous mirrored bar area, complete with a slide-out shelf for mixing drinks. The center right features 2 felt-lined shallow drawers with exposed finger-jointed corners, and an adjustable shelf. Below are six drawers. The outer four shallow drawers are felt-lined.
This piece is in very good vintage condition with the following blemishes to note: top has a few light scratches, small darker marks, and one very light stain (see photos.) These are not at all offensive; for the top of a 60-year-old credenza it is in great shape. The left side of the case has a blended scratch and what appears to be an old filled dent. The center two drawers have tiny corner chips and old, filled chips on the drawer front and a chip on the handle. The bottom left door has a slight crack in the handle. The removeable black glass bar surface has a few small chips on the back edge. All in all, this piece represents very well and makes an impressive and graceful statement in any room!
78.5" w x 17.675" d x 47.25" h
(handles add .75" to overall depth)