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1940s Brown Ash and Papercord Peacock Chair by Hans Wegner

$8,851.65

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Peacock chair, ash, papercord by Hans Wegner, Denmark, 1974 Ashwood frames with teak armrests and original paper cord seat make the iconic peacock chair by Hans J. Wegner a work of art. What makes it special is the fusion of ergonomics and aesthetics. The flat part of the backrest, which gives it its peacock-like appearance, is placed where the shoulders would rest on the back. Manufactured by Johannes Hansen in 1947. After Wegner studied at the Arts & Crafts School in Copenhagen he worked as draftsman for the architecture office of Erik Moller and furniture designer Arne Jacobsen. Next to Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen and Borge Mogensen, Hans Wegner is one of the Great Danish designers. It is said that the name of the chair was coined by Finn Juhl when he first saw the chair and noticed its characteristic backrest. (FL_ID 2073).

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About the Designer

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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