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20th Century Brown Danish Set of Three Teakwood Side Chairs by Hans J. Wegner

US$4,600per set


A vintage Mid-Century Modern Danish set of three side chairs made of hand carved teak wood, designed by Hans J. Wegner and produced by Fritz Hansen with heart shaped seats, three sculpted legs and seat backs, in good condition. Model H 4013. Wear consistent with age and use, circa 1955, Denmark, Scandinavia. Seat: 15" H x 17" W x 15" D Hans Jorgensen Wegner was born in 1914 Tonder, Denmark and passed away in 2007 Denmark. He was a world-renowned Danish furniture designer. Wegen finished his apprenticeship at 17, he developed his skills from the master cabinetmaker H.F. Stahlberg. In 1951, Wegen received major design prizes, from the Lunning prize and the Grand Prix of the Milan Triennale. Fritz Hansen, also known as Republic of Fritz Hansen, is a Danish furniture design company. Founded in 1872 by the Danish carpenter Fritz Hansen in Lillerod, Denmark. Many well-known artists, designers have work for Fritz Hansen or had their work manufactured by Hansens like the famous Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen or Hans J. Wegner. One of their designs icons is the Egg chair by Arne Jacobsen or the Swan chair.


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Hans J. Wegner

Best known for his chairs and seating pieces — though a master of many furniture types like sofas and tablesHans Wegner was a prolific designer whose elegant, often ebullient, forms and devotion to the finest methods in joinery made "Danish Modern" a popular byword for stylish, well-made furniture in the mid-20th century.

Wegner considered himself a carpenter first and a furniture designer second. Like his peers Arne Jacobsen and Finn Juhl, Wegner believed that striking aesthetics in furniture were based on a foundation of practicality: a chair must be comfortable and sturdy before it is chic.

In keeping with that tenet, several of Wegner’s best chair designs, seen in dealer listings below, have their roots in traditional seating forms. The Peacock chair (designed in 1947) is a throne-like adaptation of the Windsor chair; pieces from the China chair series (begun in 1944) as well as the 1949 Wishbone chair, with its distinctive Y-shaped back splat, are derived from 17th-century Ming seating pieces, as is the upholstered Ox chair (1960). Wegner’s comfy Papa Bear chair (1951) is an almost surreally re-scaled English wingback chair.

Wegner’s most representative piece, the Round chair (1949), gained a footnote in political history when it was used on the TV stage of the first Kennedy-Nixon debate of 1960. That chair, along with Wegner’s more bravura designs, for example the 1963 Shell chair, with its curved surfboard-shaped seat, bring a quietly sculptural presence to a room. Wegner was a designer who revered his primary material — wood — and it shows. His wood gathers patina and character with age; every Hans Wegner piece testifies to the life it has led.

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