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Hans J. Wegner Valet Chair

$17,500

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Exquisite model JH-540 valet chair, designed by Hans J. Wegner for cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen. Originally designed for a king, no detail is overlooked in its craftsmanship. Sculptural form is carved from solid oakwood, showcasing the splendor of the wood. Minimal silhouette is pared down to three tapered legs. The hinged seat opens to reveal a compartment for storage, padded with cognac leather. Finished with solid brass hardware. A superb example of this sought-after design, acquired from single, original owner. Impeccable condition, with rich, original patina intact. Copenhagen, Denmark, 1950s. Measures: 19" wide × 21.5" deep × 37" tall Literature Grete Jalk, Dansk Møbelkunst gennem 40 aar, Volume 3: 1947-1956, Copenhagen, 1987, pp. 246-247 Noritsugu Oda, Danish Chairs, San Francisco, 1996, pp. 116-117 Christian Holmsted Olesen, WEGNER: just one good chair, exh. cat., Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen, 2014, pp. 6, 65-66, 128.

Details

  • Creator
    Johannes Hansen (Designer),Hans J. Wegner (Cabinetmaker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 37 in. (93.98 cm)Width: 21.5 in. (54.61 cm)Depth: 19 in. (48.26 cm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: OAM02401stDibs: LU954122178812

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About the Cabinetmaker

Hans J. Wegner

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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