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Hans J. Wegner Model AP-19 'Papa Bear' Chair in Dark Green Leather

$19,000

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Hans J. Wegner for AP Stolen model AP-19 'Papa Bear' chair, designed in 1951. Considered one of Wegner's most desirable and comfortable chairs. This chair has been professionally reupholstered in a buttery smooth dark green leather. The teak armrests and tapered legs have been professionally restored as well. This semi-wingback armchair has an open expression. Wegner was very considerate about construction and functionality which resulted in this elegant shape. For instance, the armrests have been cut loose from the seat, providing the sitter with the ability to move freely. Another notable detail is the wooden 'claws' at the end of the armrests, which were intended to both hide the joinery in the fabric and prevent the sitter from soiling it with their hands. It was in fact a journalist who dubbed this AP19 the ''Papa Bear'', for one reason: it looks like a bear hugging the person sitting from behind. Anker Pedersen, who manufactured the chair, appreciated the new name so much that it has been referred. to as the "Papa Bear Chair" ever since.

Details

  • Creator
    A.P. Stolen (Manufacturer),Hans J. Wegner (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 38.59 in. (98.02 cm)Width: 35.83 in. (91.01 cm)Depth: 37.01 in. (94.01 cm)Seat Height: 15.75 in. (40.01 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1374221038512

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    Ships From: Los Angeles, CA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 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 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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