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Early ML-33 Oak Rocking Chair with Carvings by Hans Wegner for Mikael Laursen

$3,200

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Hans Wegner designed this oak rocking chair, model ML-33, for Mikael Laursen in the 1940s. The rare rocker, the first that Wegner designed, showcases his elegant approach to modern design, with Danish tradition suggested by the carvings of leaves and vines on the arms and back. One arm appears to have been repaired (see image 10), but the chair is completely solid.

Details

  • Creator
    Hans J. Wegner (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33.5 in. (85.09 cm)Width: 24 in. (60.96 cm)Depth: 30 in. (76.2 cm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1940s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very good vintage condition. One small repair was made on arm, see image 10.
  • Seller Location
    Boston, MA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU8378869085

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    Ships From: Boston, MA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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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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