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Hans J. Wegner Armchair 'PAPA BEAR'

$15,489.68

About

The Bamsestol (bear chair), known as the PAPA BEAR lounge chair designed by Hans J. Wegner. Denmark, A.P. Stolen, 1951. Original edition. Solid wooden construction with oak paws and new yellow Kvadrat upholstery. A very good vintage chair with ink stamp: A.P. Stolen & metal plate under the seat. Early production lounge chair produced by A.P. Stolen (AP 90), later produced by PP Mobler as the PP19 chair. Literature: - Bernsen, Jens: Hans J. Wegner, Dank design center, Kobenhaven, 2001. - Holmsted Olesen, Christian: Hans J. Wegner. Just One Good Chair. Berlin, Hatje Verlag, 2014.

Details

  • Creator
    Hans J. Wegner (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 39.77 in. (101 cm)Width: 35.44 in. (90 cm)Depth: 37.41 in. (95 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1951
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. Vintage condition, new upholstery with Kvadrat material.
  • Seller Location
    Berlin, DE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4616220512622

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $1,750 Front Door Shipping
    to Continental US, arrives in 4-6 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Berlin, Germany
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About Hans J. Wegner (Designer)

Best known for his chairs and seating pieces — though a master of many furniture types like sofas and tables — Hans 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 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.

About the Seller
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