Hans Wegner Papa Bear and Ottoman

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Hans Wegner for AP Stolen, Denmark, 1951, model no. AP19, the iconic Papa Bear chair with ottoman. Oak legs and paws which have aged to a beautiful golden colour.
This chair and stool have been reupholstered in high grade Hallingdal fabric.
Stool slightly lighter, likely from sun fading. Structurally perfect.
Hans Wegner (Designer)
Of the Period
Mid-Century Modern
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Wear consistent with age and use
39.37 in. H x 35.43 in. W x 31.5 in. D
100 cm H x 90 cm W x 80 cm D
Seat Height
15.75 in. (40 cm)
Dealer Location
Wargrave, United Kingdom
Number of Items
Reference Number

About Hans 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.

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