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Hans Wegner Shell Chair Model FH 1936 for Fritz Hansen Midcentury Danish, 1950

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Hans Wegner shell chair Model FH 1936 for Fritz Hansen midcentury Danish, circa 1950 Hans J Wegner Model FH1936 Shell chair by Fritz Hansen made in Denmark circa 1950, designed 1948 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen laminated plywood, beech. This iconic chair has a teak shell back and seat on a beech frame, bears original makers FH logo to underside of base and XA stamped in to rear leg, reserve now. Hans Jørgensen Wegner 1914 -2007 Hans Wegner was a pioneer of Danish modern—a minimalist style of wood furniture—and one of Scandinavia’s most admired designers. Wegner trained as a cabinet maker before bringing the skills and techniques he acquired during his apprenticeship to furniture design. He worked predominantly with wood and other natural finishes, eschewing the industrial materials that largely defined modernism in the rest of Europe, and establishing the organic functionality that would become the hallmark of mid-century Scandinavian design. A prolific designer, Wegner created over three hundred chairs during his career and garnered international recognition for several of his designs. Chief among them was an armchair that earned a place in the Museum of Modern Art’s Low-Cost Furniture Design competition in 1948, and the Wishbone Chair (1950), whose clean construction and elegantly tapered lines embody the visual warmth and lightness that became associated with Wegner’s work. Summery: Midcentury Danish Hans J Wegner Fritz Hansen Shell chair Model FH1936 Beech 1950 Rare Investment Original Condition: This chair is over 70 years old and as such shows sign of age and use, the chair has been restored and re-polished, the chair has old existing marks to the seat and back, the underside of chair has a Fritz Hansen logo FH and also the rear leg has the initials XA impressed into the leg, the chair has a wonderful golden patina. Dimensions: Width 28.5” / 73cm Depth 26” / 66cm Height 27” / 69cm Seat height 15” / 38cm Seat depth 18.5” / 48cm.

Details

  • Creator
    Hans J. Wegner (Designer),Fritz Hansen (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27 in. (68.58 cm)Width: 28.5 in. (72.39 cm)Depth: 26 in. (66.04 cm)Seat Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. This chair is over 70 years old and as such shows sign of age and use, the chair has been restored and re-polished, the chair has old existing marks to the seat and back, the underside of chair has Fritz Hansen logo FH and XA stamps.
  • Seller Location
    Longdon, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1832323696382

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    Ships From: Longdon, United Kingdom
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About the Designer

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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