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Hans J. Wegner Set of Four Sawbuck Chairs, Early Set in Oak, circa 1952, Denmark

$4,800per set

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Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn, set of four 'Sawbuck' CH29 chairs, oak, Denmark, 1952. This set of four chairs is designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen. Upholstered seats, fabric removed from one seat to show construction. Nice original condition, sturdy, tight joints, no wobble, retains original finish and patina.

Details

  • Creator
    Hans J. Wegner (Designer),Carl Hansen & Søn (Cabinetmaker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Width: 18.9 in. (48.01 cm)Depth: 18.9 in. (48.01 cm)Seat Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1952
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. sOLID OAK CONSTRUCTION,,,, FABRIC TO ONE SEAT REMOVED,,.
  • Seller Location
    Buffalo, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1062420924202

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    Ships From: Buffalo, NY
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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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 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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