Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 11

Pair of Fritz Hansen 1940s Sheepskin Armchairs

$15,534.87Asking Price

About

Pair of lounge chairs produced by Fritz Hansen in Denmark, between 1940-1960. This model is a variant of the iconic 1669 armchair. The legs are stained beech wood and the chair has been completely reconditioned in our London workshop with new upholstery in luxurious Australian shearling. The springs have been tightened and foam and felt replaced for optimum comfort.

Details

  • Creator
    Fritz Hansen (Designer, Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.89 in. (81 cm)Width: 31.11 in. (79 cm)Depth: 31.5 in. (80 cm)Seat Height: 16.15 in. (41 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1940s-1950s
  • Condition
    New upholstery Width 79cm Height 81cm Seat Height 41cm Depth 80cm.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1333219406712

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity.
    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About Fritz Hansen (Manufacturer)

When the Copenhagen-based furniture maker Fritz Hansen opened for business more than 140 years ago, the company — which today styles itself The Republic of Fritz Hansen — adhered to the traditional, time-honored Danish values of craftsmanship in woodworking and joinery. Yet thanks to the postwar innovations of Arne Jacobsen and others, Fritz Hansen would become the country’s leader in modernist design using new, forward-looking materials and methods.


Fritz Hansen started his company in 1872, specializing in the manufacture of small furniture parts. In 1915, the firm became the first in Denmark to make chairs using steam-bent wood (a technique most familiar from birch used in the ubiquitous café chairs by Austrian maker Thonet). At the time, Fritz Hansen was best known for seating that featured curved legs and curlicue splats and referenced 18th-century Chippendale designs. In the next few decades, the company promoted simple, plain chairs with slatted backs and cane or rush seats designed by such proto-modernist masters as Kaare Klint and Søren Hansen. Still, the most aesthetically striking piece Fritz Hansen produced in the first half of the 20th century was arguably the China chair of 1944 by Hans Wegner — and that piece, with its yoke-shaped bentwood back- and armrest, was based on seating manufactured in China during the Ming dynasty. (Wegner was moved by portraits he’d seen of Danish merchants in the Chinese chairs.) 


Everything changed in 1952 with Arne Jacobsen’s Ant chair. The collaboration between the architect and Fritz Hansen officially originated in 1934 — that year, Jacobsen created his inaugural piece for the manufacturer, the solid beechwood Bellevue chair for a restaurant commission. The Ant chair, however, was the breakthrough. Designed by Jacobsen for the cafeteria of a Danish healthcare company called Novo Nordisk, the Ant was composed of a seat and backrest formed from a single piece of molded plywood attached, in its original iteration, to three tubular metal legs. Its silhouette suggests the shape of the insect’s body, and the lightweight, stackable chair and its biomorphic form became an international hit.


Jacobsen followed with more plywood successes, such as the Grand Prix chair of 1957. The following year he designed the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen and its furnishings, including the Egg chair and the Swan chair. Those two upholstered pieces, with their lush, organic frames made of fiberglass-reinforced polyurethane, have become the two chairs most emblematic of mid-20th-century cool. Moreover, the Egg and Swan led Fritz Hansen to fully embrace new man-made materials, like foam, plastic and steel wire used to realize the avant-garde creations of later generations of designers with whom the firm collaborated, such as Piet Hein, Jørn Utzon (the architect of the Sydney Opera House) and Verner Panton. If the Fritz Hansen of 1872 would not now recognize his company, today’s connoisseurs certainly do.


About the Seller
4.8 / 5
Located in London, United Kingdom
Gold Seller
This distinction is for experienced sellers who continually surpass customer expectations.
Established in 2014
1stDibs seller since 2015
158 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 3 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Danish Midcentury Cabinetmaker Armchair Attributed to Fritz Hansen, 1940s
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Vordingborg, DK
Category

Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern

Materials

Fabric, Beech

1940s Pair of Søren Hansen Armchairs for Fritz Hansen, Denmark
By Fritz Hansen, Søren Hansen
Located in Barcelona, ES
Category

Vintage 1940s Danish Mid-Century Modern

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Pair of Fritz Hansen Lounge Chairs, Denmark, 1940s
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Maastricht, NL
Category

Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern

Materials

Velvet, Beech

Danish 1756 Easy Chair by Ole Wanscher for Fritz Hansen, 1940s
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Uppsala, SE
Category

Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Pair of Lounge Chairs by Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Hudson, NY
Category

Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern

Materials

Beech

Pair of Armchairs in Oak and Patinated Leather by Fritz Hansen, 1940s
By Fritz Hansen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Lejre, DK
Category

Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern

Materials

Leather, Oak

Danish Modern Lounge Chair by Fritz Hansen in Faux Sheepskin
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Atlanta, GA
Category

Vintage 1940s Danish Mid-Century Modern

Materials

Upholstery, Wood, Ash

Pair of Scandinavian Lounge Chairs Attributed to Soren Hansen for Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Frits Hansen/Soren Hansen
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Category

Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern

Materials

Velvet, Cane

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery