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Hans J. Wegner

(Denmark, 1914-2007)
Estimate
250 000 - 350 000 SEK
22 300 - 31 300 EUR
23 700 - 33 200 USD
Hammer price
560 000 SEK
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Hans J. Wegner
(Denmark, 1914-2007)

A set of six Hans J. Wegner 'cowhorn'chairs' 'JH-505, executed by cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen, Denmark 1950-60.

Mahogany, the back rests with palisander inlays. Seats with fretted rattan, stamped maker's mark JH.

Provenance

David Westman, arbetade på KFs annonsbyrå Svea. På 1960-talet var Svea Sveriges största annonsbyrå med 120 anställda.
Westman var mycket road av form och design och köpte dessa till sitt eget boende.

Literature

Johan Møller Nielson, 'Wegner en Dansk Møbelkunstner', Copenhagen 1965, p 76.
Grete Jalk (ed), 'Dansk Møbelkunst gennem 40 aar', vol III: 1947-1956, Copenhagen 1987, p 213.
Jens Bernsen, 'Hans J Wegner: om Design', exhibition catalogue, Dansk Design Center, Copenhagen 1995, p 75.
Christian Holmsted Olesen, 'Wegner: just one good chair', Design Museum Denmark, Copenhagen, 2014, p 136.

More information

The model was designed in 1952.

Cites certificate, valid within the EU included.
Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing
materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory, tortoiseshell and palisander.
Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to
bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.

Designer

Hans Jørgensen Wegner was a Danish architect and furniture designer, well-known both in Denmark and internationally. He designed over 500 different chairs, including the Wishbone Chair (the "Y chair"), which today is considered a design icon. The chair is a magnificent example of Wegner's design, with its wooden frame and laced seat. Other examples of iconic chairs designed by Wegner are The Smiling Chair and Sawbuck Chair.


In his design, Wegner combined beauty and function. With a background as a cabinetmaker, he knew how to make ergonomic, high-quality furniture.


During his career, Wegner did several significant projects with other designers, such as Arne Jacobsen, Erik Møller, and Børge Mogensen. Wegner was also involved in the concepts Danish Modern and Scandinavian Modern after the Second World War.


Wegner's design classics are found in many Scandinavian homes and are represented in the most prominent design museums worldwide.

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