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When he designed the first edition of his modest Chinese chair — or China chair — Denmark native Hans Wegner (1914–2007) had been reportedly moved by portraits he’d seen of Danish businessmen relaxing in traditional round-backed Ming dynasty–era chairs. While the legendary furniture maker’s tribute to East Asian seating — a minimal cherrywood chair with a curved bentwood back support and removable leather seat cushion — called on Oriental forms that preceded him by hundreds of years, it merged the old with the new and was uniquely of its time. 

In blending East Asian aesthetics and Scandinavian modernism, Wegner defined an approach that would underscore the sculptural and functional chairs he created in the years that followed. A dedication to craftsmanship, respect for natural materials and fussiness for details owe to his apprenticeship with master cabinetmaker H.F. Stahlberg. After his apprenticeship, Wegner studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and collaborated with designers Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller on furniture for Aarhus City Hall in 1938. Wegner established his own drafting studio in 1943 and designed the Chinese chair in 1944. 

In its pared-down simplicity and reliance on soft organic shapes, the Chinese chair design yielded multiple prototypes, and so a collection of chairs inspired by Oriental craftsmanship followed — a line that includes Wegner’s celebrated Round chair as well as the Wishbone. It is currently produced by both Fritz Hansen and PP Møbler. Although Wegner designed nearly 500 chairs during his career, the Chinese chair is a cornerstone of his legacy — a legacy that continues to influence countless furniture makers today.

Hans Wegner China Chair

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Set of 8 "China Chairs" for Fritz Hansen by Hans Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Stamford, CT
Set of 8 rosewood toned, cherry wood "China Chairs" for Fritz Hansen by Hans Wegner. Produced by Fritz Hansen, Denmark. Two chairs from 1982. 6 chairs purchased together with pre 197...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Cherry

Armchair “China” Designed by Hans J. Wegner for Fritz Hansen, Denmark, 1944
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Stockholm, SE
Mahogany and leather. This example made in the 1980s. Measures: H 81 cm/ 32'' W 57.5 cm/ 22 3/4'' D 52 cm/ 20 1/2''.
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Vintage 1940s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Mahogany

Hans Wegner FH-4283 China Chair
By Fritz Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in London, GB
Hans J. Wegner FH 4283 China chair, 1944 Produced by Fritz Hansen in Denmark this version in exquisite exotic hardwood is an incredibly rare version of this iconic design made in l...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Hardwood, Leather

Hans J. Wegner 'China' Chairs Model 4283 for Fritz Hansen, Denmark, 1988
By Hans J. Wegner, Fritz Hansen
Located in Greding, DE
Set of four Fritz Hansen China chairs in cherry with seat cushions and label on the bottom. There dated 1988. Good condition, signs of age and use.
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Vintage 1980s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Cherry

Hans J. Wegner China Chair in Rosewood for Fritz Hansen, 1944
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Hans J. Wegner China chair in Brazilian rosewood with leather cushion. Designed 1944 and executed at Fritz Hansen app, 1960s. Very good condition. Available as a pair.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Pair of Hans Wegner Walnut China Chairs
By Hans J. Wegner, Fritz Hansen
Located in London, GB
Hans J. Wegner FH 4283 China chair, 1944 This incredibly rare version of Wegner's iconic design was produced by Fritz Hansen in Denmark in 1977 in exquisite European walnut in ...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Walnut, Leather

Hans Wegner FH-4283 Rosewood China Chair
By Hans J. Wegner, Fritz Hansen
Located in London, GB
Hans J. Wegner FH 4283 China chair, 1944 Produced by Fritz Hansen in Denmark this version in exquisite Brazilian rosewood is an incredibly rare version of this iconic design ma...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Set of Four China Chairs, Model 4283, by Hans J. Wegner and Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Lejre, DK
A set of four China chairs, model 4283, designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1944 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in 1999. The chairs are of cherry and with cushion of patinated leather.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Cherry

1950s Chinese Chair by Hans Wegner for Fritz Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Fritz Hansen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
The Chinese Chair designed by Hans Wegner, manufactured by Fritz Hansen. Cherry wood frame featuring a sinuous back and arm design with a natural leather seat cushion. Designed in 19...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Cherry

Pair of Hans Wegner "Chinese Chairs" for Fritz Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Fritz Hansen
Located in Dallas, TX
Solid mahogany armchairs with red leather cushions designed by Hans Wegner for Fritz Hansen in 1944. Inspiration came from a 1400 Chinese chair he saw in a museum.
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Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Mahogany

Hans J. Wegner Chinese Chair of Rosewood for Fritz Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Fritz Hansen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Hans J. Wegner Chinese chair of rosewood. Loose seat cushion upholstered with leather, fitted with buttons. Executed by Fritz Hansen. Reverse with paper label Fritz Hansen, DENMAR...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Rosewood, Leather

Hans J. Wegner Chinese Chair of Rosewood for Fritz Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Fritz Hansen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Hans J. Wegner Chinese chair of Rosewood. Loose seat cushion upholstered with leather, fitted with buttons. Executed by Fritz Hansen. Two chairs available.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Rosewood, Leather

Hans J. Wegner, a Pair of 1977 Limited Edition Walnut Armchairs “China Chairs”
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Paris, FR
Hans J. Wegner: A pair of walnut armchairs “China chairs”. The China chair was designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1944. Loose seat cushion upholstered with black leather, fitted with b...
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Vintage 1970s Chairs

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Walnut

Pair of Hans Wegner Chinese Chairs for Fritz Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Fritz Hansen
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Beautiful pair of 'China' chairs by Hans J. Wegner for Fritz Hansen. These Classic Mid-Century Modern chairs are made from cherrywood and feature newly upholstered leather seats. The...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Cherry

Hans J. Wegner Chinese Chair of Mahogany for Fritz Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Fritz Hansen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Hans J. Wegner Chinese chair of Mahogany. Loose seat cushion upholstered with leather, fitted with buttons. Executed by Fritz Hansen. Reverse with paper label FRITZ HANSEN, DENMAR...
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Vintage 1980s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Mahogany

Hans J. Wegner “China Chair” FH1783 for Fritz Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Fritz Hansen
Located in Vienna, AT
“China Chair”. Armchair with frame of stained beech. Seat with woven paper cord. Model FH1783. Designed 1945 by Hans Wegner and manufactured and marked by Fritz Hansen. Literature...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Papercord, Beech

Pair of Hans J. Wegner Chinese Chairs of Cherrywood for Fritz Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Fritz Hansen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Hans J. Wegner Chinese chairs of cherrywood. Loose seat cushion upholstered with red leather, fitted with buttons. Executed by Fritz Hansen, 1969. Reverse with paper label Fritz H...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Cherry

Pair of Hans J. Wegner Chinese Chairs of Cherrywood for Fritz Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Fritz Hansen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Hans J. Wegner Chinese chairs of cherrywood. Loose seat cushion upholstered with red leather, fitted with buttons. Executed by Fritz Hansen, 1976. Reverse with paper label FRITZ H...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Cherry, Leather

Hans J. Wegner Chinese Chair of Walnut for Fritz Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Fritz Hansen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Hans J. Wegner Chinese chair of walnut. Loose seat cushion upholstered with black leather, fitted with buttons. Executed by Fritz Hansen. Reverse with paper label FRITZ HANSEN, DE...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Walnut

Hans Wegner Chinese Chair, Fritz Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in San Francisco, CA
Sculptural "Chinese" chair designed by Hans Wegner for Fritz Hansen, Denmark. Excellent original condition, stamped.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Birch

Rare Matching Set of 6 Chinese Dining Chairs by Hans Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Munich, DE
First owner set in outstanding condition. Purchased in 1983 and gently used. Light cherrywood and leather cushions.
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Vintage 1980s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Cherry

Mid Century Hans Wegner “China Chair” in Cherry
By Fritz Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Singapore, SG
“China Chair” by Hans Wegner for Fritz Hansen. This is in cherry and the loose cushions are in patinated natural leather. Probably the most comfortable chairs you can find. A fantast...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Cherry

"China Chair" PP66 by Hans J. Wegner for PP Mobler, Denmark, Mid-20th Century
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Delft, NL
An oak "China Chair" with armrests and natural woven paperboard seat The PP66 designed by Hans J. Wegner for PP Mobler Denmark Mid-20th century The measurements are 80 cm high and...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Papercord, Oak

Hans J. Wegner Chinese Chair for Fritz Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Fritz Hansen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
China chair by Hans J. Wegner, 1944. Executed by Fritz Hansen, 1970. Cherry wood and natural tanned leather cushion.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Cherry

Pair of “China” Chairs by Hans J Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of rosewood “China” chairs by Hans J Wegner A pair of lounge chairs in wood with loose seat cushion upholstered in buttoned brown leather. Designed in 1944. Produced by Fritz Ha...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Six Chinese Chairs by Hans Wegner for PP Mobler
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare set of six oak Chinese chairs designed by Hans Wegner for PP Mobler.
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Vintage 1960s Dining Room Chairs

Six Nice China Chairs, Designed by Hans Wegner for Fritz Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Six China chairs. Designed by Hans J. Wegner for Fritz Hansen (1943). Cherrywood and loose red leather cushions. Excellent used condition.
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Vintage 1940s Danish Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Cherry