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Børge Mogensen Danish Mid-Century Modern Oak Bookcase Cabinet Over Dresser

$4,200

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An incredibly striking bookcase cabinet from the third quarter of the 20th century, the form is a well documented design by Børge Mogensen with his iconic sculpted oak pulls set in tapered wells. Crafted with a rich and beautifully patinated oak both in solid woods and veneers, it is bleached to a delightful golden blonde surface appearance throughout. Unlike many midcentury counterparts, the works designed by Børge Mogensen and executed by the firm of Karl Andersson & Söner showed traditional attention to detail in all elements, using solid wood core beneath the veneers, employing full dovetailing of the drawers, utilizing tenon-mortise joinery in the bookcase doors and designing the traditional drawer supports that utilize grooves in the wood instead of metal hardware to allow the drawers to smoothly move in the case. The result is a form that lasts the test of time and looks nearly new despite more than half a century of use. Attention to detail in the engineering is no less admirable with patinated steel supports set at angles between the oak legs and the underside of the case, negating the need for stretchers while still maintaining full angular support. The upper bookcase retains an original label for Karl Andersson & Söner. Measurements: 33“ H x 53“ W x 14 1/4“ D [upper]; 33“ H x 53“ W x 21 1/2“ D [lower]; total height 66“ Condition report: Good original condition with a nicely patinated early surface; small veneer losses, including the bottom edge of one drawer and chipping at corners/edges. Minor scuffs, scratches and blemishes as expected. Note: while there is a color difference between the legs and the case in the upper and lower, the color profile is accentuated and incorrect due to poor lighting in the photography.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 66 in. (167.64 cm)Width: 53 in. (134.62 cm)Depth: 21.5 in. (54.61 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1960
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. See condition notes in description text.
  • Seller Location
    Shippensburg, PA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 904VPK13Z | Silla, ltd.1stDibs: LU1059023776992

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    Ships From: Shippensburg, PA
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About the Maker

Børge Mogensen

Among the great mid-20th century Danish furniture designers, Børge Mogensen distinguished himself with his faith to traditional values of craftsmanship and honesty of materials.

While peers such as Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl and Arne Jacobsen designed some of the most striking and now iconic furnishings of the era, Mogensen focused on making pieces that were simple, durable and comfortable — and in the long run perhaps more useful and better loved.

Mogensen studied under and later worked for Kaare Klint, a master cabinetmaker whose chief tenets were quality of construction and simplicity of line. Klint was a classicist, who believed that furniture forms should evolve from those of historical models. So, too, in his way was Mogensen, as two of his best-known earlier pieces attest. His 1945 Spokeback Sofa, with hinged arms that can be lowered to facilitate lounging, is a reinterpretation of the venerable Knole settee. With the oval silhouette of its plywood backrest and waterdrop-shaped cutouts, Mogenson’s Shell chair, designed in 1949, can be seen as a novel take on early 19th century Empire side chairs.

Yet Mogensen shared the aesthetical sensibilities of his most forward-looking colleagues. His cabinets deploy the same spare geometries and lushly figured woods as those of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and his disciple Florence Knoll, the chief difference being that Mies and Knoll used chrome steel for the frames and legs of their pieces. The brawny oak frames and slung leather seats and backrests of Mogensen’s Hunting chair (1950) and Spanish chair (1958) display the same hefty construction and appreciation of natural materials seen in the work of Charlotte Perriand and Sergio Rodrigues.

As you will see from the furnishings on 1stDibs, Børge Mogensen designed for function more than sculptural effect. While his chairs may not be the first pieces in a décor to draw the eye, they are often the first to draw in those looking for a comfortable seat.

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