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Vintage Hans J. Wegner GE 290 3-Seat Sofa, circa 1950s

$4,200

About

This vintage GE 290 3-seat sofa designed by Hans J. Wegner for GETAMA is overall great condition. Solid oak frame. New foam and new upholstery, 1953. Made in Denmark. Dimensions: H 29.53 in. x W 70.87 in. x D 30.71 in seat height 16.54 in.

Details

  • Creator
    Hans J. Wegner (Designer),GETAMA (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.53 in. (75.01 cm)Width: 70.87 in. (180.01 cm)Depth: 30.71 in. (78.01 cm)Seat Height: 16.54 in. (42.02 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    San Antonio, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5057118844242

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    Ships From: San Antonio, TX
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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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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