Luxury Design, Past & Present
Beautiful carved gable stone of an eagle with widespread wings, designed and executed by Johan Coenraad (Jan) Altorf (1876-1955) in 1915.
The abstract form of the eagle is characteristic of Altorf’s style. By reducing the elements to an abstract form, Altorf attempted to achieve the essence of the animal. The influences of symbolism and theosophy are clearly visible.
Cornelis Bruynzeel sr. (1875–1956), owner of the woodworking factory De Arend (The Eagle) in Rotterdam, commissioned this piece for his new home the Arendshoeve (Eaglestead) in Voorburg, near The Haque. Around 1950, the gable stone moved to the Arendshoek (The Eagle’s corner)—the modern house that his son Cornelis Bruynzeel jr.(1900-1980) had commissioned to be built in Zaandam five years earlier. It stayed there until the 1980s, when the house was sold. The eagle has been in the family until recently.
The work of Altorf can be found in many collections, like the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and many private collections.