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Ole Wanscher Model 149 Rosewood Colonial Chair by Poul Jeppesens, Denmark

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Ole Wanscher Model 149 rosewood Colonial chair by Poul Jeppesens Denmark circa 1950 Magnificent mid century Ole Wanscher Model 149 'Colonial' chair in Brazilian Rosewood for cabinet maker Poul Jeppesens Møbelfabrik, Denmark circa 1950, this very rare example is made from stunning Brazilian Rosewood with woven rattan cane seats with loose feather filled black leather cushions and cream coloured summer cushions, bearing 'Danish Furniture makers Control' label and 'Made In Denmark PJ Design Ole Wanscher' label to the underside of the seats, reserve now. CITES certificate number 595665/02 About: Ole Wanscher (16 September 1903 – 27 December 1985) was a Danish furniture designer. He was one of the leading figures in the Scandinavian Design movement (a part of Mid -Century Modernism), at a time when Scandinavian Design achieved worldwide popularity. After completing his studies, Wanscher worked with Kaare Klint, from 1924 to 1927, at which time he set up his own office, specialising in furniture design. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Wanscher, working with master joiner A.J. Iversen, produced dozens of designs that are now seen as modern classics. In the 1950s, Wanscher left his private firm and began an association with P. Jeppesens Møbelfabrik A/S that would last for the rest of his professional life. Like his mentor Kaare Klint, Wanscher was influenced by a variety of sources, from 18th century British design through the furniture design of Ancient Egypt. One of Wanscher's most famous pieces was his so-called "Egyptian Stool" of 1960. He was also influenced by Greek and Chinese design. While many of Wanscher best known designs were built with master joiner A.J. Iversen, Wanscher also showed a particular interest in the mass production of furniture, and several of his pieces were designed with mass production in mind. One of Wanscher's best known designs is the teak easy chair designed for France & Son in 1951. Scant information remains available on Danish furniture manufacturer P. Jeppesen Møbelfabrik A/S, even though the company achieved a great deal of success between the 1940s and 1960s producing the designs of well-known designers Ole Wanscher(1903-1985) and Grete Jalk (1920-2006), alongside the work of lesser known designers like Wilhelm Wohlert, Gorm Lindum, Jørgen Posborg, Troels Grum-Schwensen, and Morten Gøttler. Sometimes also written as Poul Jeppesen or PJ Furniture, the date that the company was established is unknown. However, records show that sometime in the 1950s, Wanscher left his private firm and joined P. Jeppesens Møbelfabrik as head designer, a role that would last for the rest of his professional life. Notable P. Jeppesen designs include Wanscher’s PJ-149 Colonial Chair (1949), Rungstedlund Dining Chair (c. 1950), and PJ-112 Sofa (1951); as well as Jalk’s iconic postwar GJ Chair—also known as the Shell Chair (1963). This teak-veneered, molded plywood piece features a distinct origami-like shape achieved through an intricate bending and laminating process; the complexity of the fabrication in those early years limited its manufacture to only a few hundred. Nevertheless, it was snapped up by New York's Museum of Modern Art the year it was released. In 2009, the GJ Chair went back into production with Danish manufacturer Lange, and, unsurprisingly, the original mid-century editions remain highly sought after on the secondary market. Summery: Mid Century Modern Ole Wanscher Poul Jeppesens Møbelfabrik Model 149 Colonial Chair Stamped CITES certificate number 595665/02 1950s Danish Original Investment Practical & Beautiful Free UK Delivery Condition: Wonderful condition, frames have been re-polished by our restorer, the cushions are in perfect original condition with wonderful patina. Dimensions: Width: 26” / 68cm Depth: 27.5” / 70cm Height: 33” / 84cm Seat Height: 17“ / 43cm.

Details

  • Creator
    Poul Jeppesen (Manufacturer),Ole Wanscher (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33 in (83.82 cm)Width: 26 in (66.04 cm)Depth: 27.5 in (69.85 cm)Seat Height: 17 in (43.18 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Wonderful condition, frames have been re-polished by our restorer, the cushions are in perfect original condition with wonderful patina.
  • Seller Location
    Longdon, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1832326749692

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About the Designer

Ole Wanscher

A scholar and architect with the heart of an artist, Ole Wanscher helped define the functional, clean-cut style that formed the core of modern Danish furniture design. Influenced heavily by his world travels, Wanscher gained inspiration from English, Asian, Egyptian and traditional Shaker furniture, and he incorporated elements from these styles into his revered mid-century designs.

Wanscher’s deep respect for the use of traditional materials such as quality wood is reflected in his work, which is valued for being both beautiful and built to last. He was also a leader in the postwar “design for everyone” movement, creating many pieces intended for everyday life within the small confines of the average Danish household. Later, Wanscher became a prolific writer on the subject of furniture design. He is considered one of the most significant influences on the world of Scandinavian modernism.

The son of an art historian and a painter, Wanscher studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. From 1925 to 1927, Wanscher worked under the great Danish designer and professor Kaare Klint, who became one of the greatest stylistic influences on his output. Wanscher would go on to work as a professor at the academy from 1955 to 1973.

Wanscher founded his own furniture manufacturing company in 1929. Here he employed the top cabinetmakers of the day, most notably A.J. Iversen, with whom Wanscher collaborated for many years. While the workshop produced seductive handmade furniture with organic materials such as teak and mahogany, Wanscher intended to design durable seating, tables and more for the mass market — he was committed to making quality furniture available to a wider audience.

Of all of Wanscher’s designs, he is perhaps best known for his Colonial chair. This piece — which is part of a collection for Danish manufacturer P. Jeppesens that includes a sofa and a coffee table — exemplifies his penchant for combining minimalist design with traditional craftsmanship. Wanscher’s dining room tables, such as the Rungstedlund table, also epitomize the elegance of his work’s simple silhouettes and careful construction. These sleek tables serve as an ideal centerpiece for both modern and traditionally styled dining rooms, highlighting the versatility of Wanscher’s work.

Wanscher received a gold medal for his exemplary work at the 1960 Milan Triennale. He also received the Copenhagen Carpenters’ Guild Annual Award. Though Wanscher passed away in 1985, his iconic designs and scholarly writings remain relevant to this day.

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