2148/​548

Hans J. Wegner (b. Tønder 1914, d. Gentofte 2007)

“The Chair”. A mahogany armchair, upholstered in seat with black leather. Model JH 503. Designed 1949. Made and marked with metal sign by cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen.

“The Chair” was first presented at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers' 23th Guild Exhibition at Design Museum Denmark 1949, in a version with woven cane in seat and back, the year after this version with upholstered seat came out. “The Chair” was used by John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon at the legendary televised debates during the presidential election in 1960.

Literature: Grete Jalk [ed.], “40 Years of Danish Furniture Design”, Vol. 3, p. 98–101 and p. 140–142.

Noritsugu Oda, “Danish Chairs”, 1999, p. 108–109.

Johan Møller Nielsen, “Wegner en dansk Møbelkunstner”, 1965, p. 44–45.

Per H. Hansen & Klaus Petersen, “Moderne dansk møbeldesign”, 2007, p. 145.

Condition

Wear due to age and use. Marks and scratches.

Auction
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Estimate

12,000–15,000 DKK

Sold

Price realised

17,500 DKK  

16 bids

When Bidder Bid
930526 17,500 DKK
1076724 (Auto bid) 17,000 DKK
929564 16,500 DKK
1076724 (Auto bid) 16,000 DKK
929564 15,500 DKK
1076724 (Auto bid) 15,000 DKK
930526 14,500 DKK
1076724 14,000 DKK
929564 13,500 DKK
101714 (Auto bid) 13,000 DKK
1043507 13,000 DKK
101714 (Auto bid) 12,000 DKK
929564 11,500 DKK
101714 (Auto bid) 11,000 DKK
802930 10,500 DKK
101714 10,000 DKK