Peacock Chair by Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen, 1960s Denmark, Signed For Sale
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Peacock Chair by Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen, 1960s Denmark, Signed

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This extremely well-cared-for peacock chair by Hans Wegner came from a single family owner, and while has some minor aging, is in amazing original condition considering its age. Crafted by cabinet maker Johannes Hansen, this Peacock armchair is an early (original) example, and made with solid ashwood frame and spindles and contrasting teak arms. Signed underneath with branded Johannes Hansen marks. Such a Classic Scandinavian Modern design, would work excellent in a Mid-Century Modern home with items from other timeless designers such as Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, Hans Olsen, etc. But would also work great in a Contemporary, Transitional, Classical, Post-Modern or Traditional styled home. Also consider using in a executive office, a boutique hotel, restaurant or cafe, a creative studio or a trendy fashion store. Condition: Excellent vintage example, while there is minor aging, it is evenly throughout as you would expect from an original and unaltered, well cared for chair of this age. It is not perfectly brand new - but if you are a collector, or your client is one, you will appreciate the condition of this Fine example of a Hans Wegner Peacock Chair. This has not been restored or altered, no breaks or issues, chair is sturdy and sound, ready for immediate use. Measurements: 30 W x 42 H x 28 D Seat height: 14" Arm height 24" Materials: Ash and teak.

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  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Excellent vintage example, while there is some very minor aging, this chair was extremely well cared for by a single family owner. This has not been restored or altered, no breaks or issues, chair is sturdy and sound, ready for immediate use.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 42 in. x W 30 in. x D 28 in.H 106.68 cm x W 76.2 cm x D 71.12 cm
  • Seat Height
    14 in. (35.56 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU1330214003702
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About Hans J. Wegner (Designer)

Best known for his chairs and seating pieces — though a master of many furniture types like sofas and tables — Hans Wegner was a prolific designer whose elegant, often ebullient, forms and devotion to the finest methods in joinery made "Danish Modern" a popular byword for stylish, well-made furniture in the mid-20th century.


     Wegner considered himself a carpenter first and a furniture designer second. Like his peers Arne Jacobsen and Finn Juhl, Wegner believed that striking aesthetics in furniture were based on a foundation of practicality: a chair must be comfortable and sturdy before it is chic.


     In keeping with that tenet, several of Wegner’s best chair designs, seen in dealer listings below, have their roots in traditional seating forms. The “Peacock chair” (designed 1947) is a throne-like adaptation of the Windsor chair; pieces from the “China chair” series (begun in 1944) as well as the 1949 “Wishbone chair,” with its distinctive Y-shaped back splat, are derived from 17th-century Ming seating pieces, as is the upholstered “Ox chair” (1960). Wegner’s comfy “Papa Bear chair” (1951) is an almost surreally re-scaled English wingback chair.


     Wegner’s most representative piece, the “Round chair” (1949), gained a footnote in political history when it was used on the TV stage of the first Kennedy-Nixon debate of 1960. That chair, along with Wegner’s more bravura designs, for example the 1963 “Shell chair,” with its curved surfboard-shaped seat, bring a quietly sculptural presence to a room. Wegner was a designer who revered his primary material — wood — and it shows. His wood gathers patina and character with age; every Hans Wegner piece testifies to the life it has led.

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