Modern Design /06 October 2009

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Hans J. Wegner

dining table, model AT303
Andreas Tuck
Denmark, c. 1960
teak, brass
63 w × 34 d × 28½ h in (160 × 86 × 72 cm)

Signed with branded manufacturer's mark to underside: [Fabrikat: Andr Tuck Arkitekt: Hans J. Wegner Made In Denmark].

literature: Georg Jensen, distributor's catalog, unpaginated

estimate: $2,000–3,000

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Hans J. Wegner 1914–2007

Hans J. Wegner was born in Tønder, Denmark in 1914. As a teenager, Wegner apprenticed with master cabinetmaker H.F. Stahlberg before enrolling at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in 1936.  In 1940, Wegner teamed with Arne Jacobson and Erik Møller to design furniture for the newly built City Hall building in Aarhus, Denmark. In 1943, Wegner opened his own drafting studio. Wegner insisted on the highest standard of craftsmanship for his furniture, and his chairs often feature traditional mortise and tenon joints and unique materials such as paper cord.  

Wegner’s famed China series (inspired by the imperial Chinese chairs from the Ming dynasty) was designed in 1949. That same year he introduce what is probably his most iconic seating design, The Chair at the Cabinetmakers guild exhibition in Copenhagen. In 1951, his chairs were featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s famous Good Design exhibit. His chairs reached a national audience in 1960 when John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon sat in them during the televised presidential debate.  In 1971, Wegner was awarded the Diploma di Collaborazione at the Milano Triennale. Wegner created his innovative three-legged stacking chair known as the PP58 in 1988. In 1992, he retired from his firm and his daughter Marianne took over his practice. Wegner died in 2007.

In 2014, the Design Museum of Denmark honored Wegner with a retrospective of his work. Wegner’s furniture designs are held in the collections across the globe and can be found in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert in London, and the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, among many others. 

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estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $70,800

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Cow Horn chairs, set of ten
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $62,400

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Swivel chair, model 50
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $50,400

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Cow Horn chairs, set of eight
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $45,000

HANS J. WEGNER, Rare Dolphin lounge chair | Wright20.com

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Rare Dolphin lounge chair
estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $45,000

HANS J. WEGNER, Cow Horn chairs, set of six | Wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

Cow Horn chairs, set of six
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $43,180

HANS J. WEGNER, folding chairs, pair | Wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

folding chairs, pair
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $40,000

HANS J. WEGNER, Pollestolen (Ox Chair) and ottoman, model 46 | Wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

Pollestolen (Ox Chair) and ottoman, model 46
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $38,400

HANS J. WEGNER, Ox lounge chairs, pair | Wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

Ox lounge chairs, pair
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $37,500

HANS J. WEGNER, Cow Horn chairs, set of eight | Wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

Cow Horn chairs, set of eight
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $37,500

HANS J. WEGNER, Cow Horn chairs, set of eight | Wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

Cow Horn chairs, set of eight
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $36,600

HANS J. WEGNER, desk | Wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

desk
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $35,000

HANS J. WEGNER, rare Bear chair and ottoman | Wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

rare Bear chair and ottoman
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $35,000

HANS J. WEGNER, The Chairs, set of twelve | Wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

The Chairs, set of twelve
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $32,500

HANS J. WEGNER, The Chairs, set of ten | Wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

The Chairs, set of ten
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $32,500

HANS J. WEGNER, Swivel chair, model #50 | Wright20.com

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Swivel chair, model #50
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $32,400

HANS J. WEGNER, desk, model JH563 | Wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

desk, model JH563
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $30,000

HANS J. WEGNER, lounge chairs model AP47, pair | Wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

lounge chairs model AP47, pair
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $28,750

HANS J. WEGNER, The Chairs, set of ten | Wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

The Chairs, set of ten
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $28,160

HANS J. WEGNER, The Chairs from the mezzanine of the Grill Room, set of eight | Wright20.com

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The Chairs from the mezzanine of the Grill Room, set of eight
estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $27,500

HANS J. WEGNER, Swivel Office chair | Wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

Swivel Office chair
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $27,500

HANS J. WEGNER, The Chairs, set of eight | Wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

The Chairs, set of eight
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $27,500

HANS J. WEGNER, Swivel desk chair | Wright20.com

Hans J. Wegner

Swivel desk chair
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $26,400

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