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Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair

$15,500Asking Price

About

Renowned for it's beautiful design and incredible comfort, the Papa Bear chair has become an icon of 20th century Danish design. This exceptional example of Wegner's masterpiece is in amazing original condition. It features sage green fabric, a charcoal grey seat cushion, teak "paws" and rosewood legs. It has been professionally cleaned and shows only very minor signs of age and use– primarily wear to the welt cord on one of the arms. This is unquestionably one of the nicest examples we have seen and one we would consider museum worthy.

Details

  • Creator
    A.P. Stolen (Manufacturer),Hans J. Wegner (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 39 in. (99.06 cm)Width: 35.5 in. (90.17 cm)Depth: 36.5 in. (92.71 cm)Seat Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Replacements made: Cleaning and seat foam replaced. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Highland, IN
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU90911748242

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  • Shipping
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    Ships From: Highland, IN
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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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.
About the Seller
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Located in Highland, IN
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