Offered by Vance Trimble, Armchair in Cuban Mahogany by Ole Wanscher.
Cabinetmaker C.B. Hansen, with metal cabinetmaker’s label on the underside of the frame.
Designed in 1929 and made shortly thereafter.
Made for the Society of Merchants Chairman’s Room at the Copenhagen Stock Exchange.
This is Ole Wanscher’s first independently designed easy chair. At the end of the 1920s, Wanscher was working in the offices of Kaare Klint on specific projects. It was Wanscher who had surveyed one of the two Chippendale chairs that Klint had used as a model for the Red Chair, and it was Wanscher who made the working drawing for the first version of the prototype. For this easy chair, Wanscher used as a starting point the sofa Klint made in 1915 for the Faaborg Museum , but the form is more organic and designed to more comfortably embrace the body. In fact, Wanscher used a version of this chair in his own home, where it remained throughout his life.
Five examples of this chair are known to exist: one is in the Dansk Kunstindustrimuseum (Danish Design Museum), Copenhagen; another was in the collection of the designer until his death (now private collection, New York); and three were made for the Society of Merchants Chairman’s Room at the Copenhagen Stock Exchange, where two remain today.
The Kunstindustrimuseum’s version was exhibited in the groundbreaking exhibition on the Danish art of cabinetmaking, Mesterværker – 100 års møbelsnedkeri at the Royal Castle of Kronborg in Helsingør (Elsinore) in 2000.
Arne Karlsen, Dansk Møbelkunst i det 20. Århundrede, Copenhagen, 1990, vol. 2, p. 38-40, illustrated.
Bodil Busk Laursen, Søren Matz, Christian Holmsted Olesen, eds., catalogue of the exhibition, Mesterværker – 100 års møbelsnedkeri, Kronborg, Helsingør, October 13-December 3, 2000, English summary, p. 3, illustrated.
Arne Karlsen, Danish Furniture Design in the 20th Century, Copenhagen, 2007, vol. 2, pp. 38-40, illustrated.