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Hans J. Wegner AP19 Papa Bear Chair A.P. Stolen Original Stamp & Inscription

$24,000

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Available now is an absolutely stunning lounge chair by Hans Wegner for A.P. Stolen, Denmark, 1950's. A truly iconic chair, Hans Wegner designed in 1951 for A.P Stolen. This chair is quite substantial and is upholstered in a fine ivory and cream, tone-on-tone boucle that makes the teak paws and legs really pop. Aside from a Finn Juhl chieftain chair, I personally can't think of a more iconic Danish design. The quality and craftsmanship of the framing of these chairs is so impressive and second to none. These chairs, while definitely mid century modern, are timeless, iconic pieces of functional art that would look incredible in almost any contemporary environment. They would effortlessly blend into modern, regency and even traditional decor. These chairs have been reupholstered, and refinished. Photos pre-reupholstery are available upon request. When having this chair restored, our upholstery and restoration tradesman found that the original upholsterer actually left a hand-written notation on the frame of the chair. The writing is in Danish, but roughly translates into "Greetings from Denmark," Then followed by the craftsman's name, fabric name (we believe) and Valby Kobenhavn which is a neighborhood in Copenhagen. It's a super cool inscription to have on a piece like this. Definitely something a true collector will appreciate.

Details

  • Creator
    A.P. Stolen (Manufacturer),Hans J. Wegner (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 39 in. (99.06 cm)Width: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Depth: 32.25 in. (81.92 cm)Seat Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950s
  • Condition
    Repaired: This chair has undergone a full restoration. The legs on the chair were expertly replaced by a professional tradesman in Los Angeles. Pre-restoration photos are available upon request. Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. This chair has been expertly reupholstered.
  • Seller Location
    Culver City, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1139227314272

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    Ships From: Culver City, CA
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About the Design

Papa Bear Chair

Designed by Hans J. Wegner
The wingback Papa Bear chair, also known as the Teddy Bear chair, has two outstretched arms with wood detailing once described by a critic as “great bear paws embracing you from behind” — hence the name. The piece was designed by Hans Wegner (1914–2007), a pioneer of Danish modernism who crafted nearly 500 chairs over the course of his long career. Not many of them, however, have the anthropomorphic qualities that this one does. Wegner was raised in the south of Denmark, where he served as an apprentice to a cabinetmaker as a child. Inspired to study architecture and design, he enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, then opened his own studio in 1943, working closely with peers like Arne Jacobsen, Erik Møller and more. He was a leading figure of the Scandinavian modernism movement, which championed quality craftsmanship, elegant design and efficient functionality. The Papa Bear chair was Wegner’s first project with manufacturer A.P. Stolen, which enjoyed numerous collaborations with the designer over his career. Originally produced with a solid beechwood frame, Wegner’s chair, with its high backrest, lengthy back legs and comfortable cotton-upholstered cushioning, was designed in 1951 and had its first manufacturing run from 1953 to 1969. Its current production is managed by Danish joinery workshop PP Møbler, and the chair and ottoman are now available in a variety of wood and textile finishes.
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