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Rare Hans Wegner GE215 Sawbuck Chair, Denmark, 1950s

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Rare Hans Wegner GE215 Sawbuck chair, Denmark, 1950s. Excellent condition. Ships worldwide. This chair was shown at the 1955 great Nordic design exhibition in Helsingborg, Sweden. In this Wegner combined diverse materials, into one harmonious design. The design of this chair looks simplistic, yet is filled with elegant details. Such as the wooden ends on the chairs legs. The frame is made of black coated tubular steel. The 'flipper' armrests in wood are a shape used earlier by Wegner on the CH28. They are an elegant addition to the steel and sturdy appearance of this easy chair. Another great detail is the 'W' on the back. This chair is upholstered in a brown to beige floral upholstery. Another noteworthy detail are the wooden feet.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 28.35 in. x W 28.55 in. x D 33.47 in.

    H 72 cm x W 72.5 cm x D 85 cm

  • Seat height
    15.36 in. (39 cm)
  • Seller location
    London, GB
  • Reference number
    LU225938780843

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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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