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Childrens' Rocking Chair by ADO
Date: 1920's
Dimensions: H 83 cm W 84 cm D 37 cm

ADO stands for ‘Arbeid door Onvolwaardige’ or in plain English: Labor by Incapacitated. Maybe that’s why later on they changed it to ‘Apart, Doelmatig and Onverwoestbaar’ or Different, Effective and Indestructible. But this lovely Rocking Swan from that first period was still build by Incapacitated people. Although it was designed by famous Dutch designer Ko Verzuu who was far from incapacitated and also part of 'De Stijl' like Gerrit Rietveld and Hendrik Wouda were. All ADO toys from these early years were designs of Ko and rocking chair perhaps was one of the special ones. These toys back then in the 1920's and 30' were very expensive. So who knows which royal have been rocking and slobbering in this strict but brightly designed Swan that, in my opinion, is an outstanding decorative piece.

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