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Vintage Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair Set with Ottoman in Floral Print

$37,995per set


Purchased from the daughter of the original owner, these amazing Papa Bear chairs have had an incredible life. According to the daughter, the chairs first came to live in Saudi Arabia and then went into storage after some years. Next, the family moved to Libya, followed by Puerto Rico and finally ended up in Houston where the set survived Hurricane Harvy's flood water thanks to their fortunate location on an upper floor. The Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair is an icon among icons. Finding one of these is a rarity, so we're beyond proud to offer a pair along with an original ottoman. Although Team FMV did not oversee the upholstery work, it's obvious that the job was done professionally and the newer floral pattern fabric is high quality. The teal, green, aqua and turquoise colors are an unexpectedly effective compliment to the teak arms and legs. The teak was also clearly refinished at the same time and still looks nearly flawless. If you look underneath the chairs you can see the original green tweed poking out along the edges. Today's designers have mimicked this look in countless contemporary creations, but failed to improve on the perfection of this original. Measures: (2) Chairs 36.5" L x 30.5 W x 38.5 H (1) Ottoman 27.75" L x 17" W x 17" H.


  • Creator
    Hans J. Wegner (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 38.5 in. (97.79 cm)Width: 30.5 in. (77.47 cm)Depth: 36.5 in. (92.71 cm)Seat Height: 16.5 in. (41.91 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 3
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. Excellent restored condition. Refinished teak. Newer fabric with only very minor wear and imperfections (minor pilling). Although we did not oversee the re-upholstery, we can tell that the chair seats have new webbing (over the old webbing).
  • Seller Location
    Saint Petersburg, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2255321869642

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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 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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