1950s Danish Reversible Table by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen For Sale
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1950s Danish Reversible Table by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen

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A medium height table with a reversible, shaped edge, rectangular top of solid teak set on a solid oak base. This unit is a custom, unmarked variation from production models 562 and 564 varying in width (shorter), depth (deeper), and height (higher). Possibly a prototype developed for a furniture fair to gauge potential interest as a future production model. As a one-off displayed in a Wegner booth the absence of a stamped signature makes sense. Engineered to be KD, the stretcher is connected to the sides with a specialty brass bolt threading in to a receiving nut concealed within the stretcher allowing for easy disassembly as well as easy tightening if necessary over prolonged use. Its unusual dimensions make it ideal for a sofa with a higher seat platform or as lamp or end table next to a sofa with uncommon dimensions.

Details

  • Dimensions
    H 20.5 in. x W 47 in. x D 24.5 in.H 52.07 cm x W 119.38 cm x D 62.23 cm
  • Seller Location
    Sagaponack, NY
  • Seller Reference Number
    13104.001
  • Reference Number
    LU890316703811
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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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