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Exceptional Early Brazilian Rosewood Egg Table and Ant Chairs by Arne Jacobsen

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Exceptional Early Brazilian Rosewood Egg Table and Ant Chairs by Arne Jacobsen. Made by Fritz Hansen, the table with maker’s painted logo stamped onto the underside of the wooden top, the chairs with the maker’s logo stamped into the underside of the metal frame. Formed plywood with Brazilian rosewood veneer, chromium plated tubular steel, rubber. The table (Model 3603) designed c. 1953 The chairs (Model 3100) designed 1952 Table H. 27 inches L. 44 7/8 inches W. 32 7/8 inches Chairs H. 30 1/8 inches SH. 17 inches W. 16 ¼ inches D. 16 ¼ inches Arne Jacobsen designed the Ant Chair in 1952 for the canteen at Novo Nordisk, the Danish healthcare and pharmaceutical company. It is one of the most iconic chair designs of 20th century. Light and stackable, the seat and back are made of an ordinary piece of plywood, the legs of tubular steel. Jacobsen narrowed and reinforced the conjunction of the differently arched surfaces of the seat and back with additional layers of veneer, thus guaranteeing that the backrest would be both stable and flexible. Jacobsen’s chair was the outstanding example of this newfound simplicity in manufacturing and thus played an important part in the modernization of Scandinavian furniture design. The chair’s name is due its likeness with the ant’s characteristic curved waistline and thin legs.

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 27 in. x W 44.88 in. x D 32.88 in.H 68.58 cm x W 114 cm x D 83.52 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Reference Number
    LU105504276233
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About Arne Jacobsen (Designer)

The eye-catching work of the Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen often introduces new collectors to mid-20th century furniture. With their fluid lines and sculptural presence, Jacobsen’s signature pieces — the elegant “Swan chair” and the cozy-yet-cutting edge “Egg chair,” both first presented in 1958 — are iconic representations of both the striking aesthetic of the designers of the era and their concomitant attention to practicality and comfort. Jacobsen designed furniture that had both gravitas and groove.

     Though Jacobsen is a paragon of Danish modernism, his approach to design was the least “Danish” of those who are counted as his peers. The designs of Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Børge Mogensen and others grew out of their studies as cabinetmakers. They prized skilled craftsmanship and their primary material was carved, turned and joined wood. Jacobsen was first and foremost an architect, and while he shared his colleagues’ devotion to quality of construction, he was far more open to other materials such as metal and fiberglass.

     Many of Jacobsen’s best-known pieces had their origin in architectural commissions. His molded-plywood, three-legged “Ant chair” (1952) was first designed for the cafeteria of a pharmaceutical company headquarters. The tall-backed “Oxford chair” was made for the use of dons at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, whose Jacobsen-designed campus opened in 1963. The “Swan,” “Egg” and “Drop” chairs and the “AJ” desk lamp were all created as part of Jacobsen’s plan for the SAS Royal Copenhagen Hotel, which opened in 1960. (The hotel has since been redecorated, but one guest room has been preserved with all-Jacobsen accoutrements.) To Jacobsen’s mind, the chief merit of any design was practicality. He designed the first stainless-steel cutlery set made by the Danish silver company Georg Jensen; Jacobsen’s best-selling chair — the plywood “Series 7” — was created to provide lightweight, stackable seating for modern eat-in kitchens. But as you will see from the objects on these pages, style never took a backseat to function in Arne Jacobsen’s work. His work merits a place in any modern design collection.

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