Modernist 20th Century /07 December 2003


Finn Juhl

Chieftain chair
Niels Vodder
Denmark, 1949/1961
teak, leather
34 w × 39 d × 38 h in (86 × 99 × 97 cm)

Originally designed for the Cabinet Maker's Guild exhibition in 1949, the Chieftain is Finn Juhl's most distinctive chair design. The form is a culmination of years of designing by Juhl to create a chair composed of free elements, in contrast to the prevailing aesthetics of overstuffed furniture at the time. Rietveld and Breuer originally developed the concept of a free seat and backrest but the refined tastes and warmth of Juhl's Scandinavian sensibilities came to a completely original form in the Chieftain lounge chair. Niels Vodder Cabinetmakers created Juhl's early work in very limited numbers and fewer than eighty Chieftains were originally made. A fine example from the original owners who purchased the chair in Copenhagen in 1962. Signed with branded factory marks.Literature:Finn Juhl: Furniture, Architecture, Applied Art; Hiort, pg. 32

provenance: Private collection, Idaho

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $15,340

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