Arne Hovmand-Olsen, Seating
Rare and early easy chair by Arne Hovmand-Olsen
This rare teak easy chair has a curvy seat and the back is upholstered with light fabric.Its armrests and buttons on the back are fitted with Niger leather. The chair was designed early in 1947 by Arne Hovmand-Olsen (1919-1989) and executed by J. L. Møllers Møbelfabrik in Aarhus, Denmark. It was one of the very first easy chairs Mr. Hovmand-Olsen and Niels Otto Møller, the founder of J. L. Møllers Møbelfabrik created together. And even one of the very first chairs that was executed at J. L. Møllers Møbelfabrik. The two men were both still in their 20s and just starting out on what would become very successful careers for both of them. Towards the end of the 1930s Arne Hovmand-Olsen worked at Peder Olsen Sibast carpentry on the island of Funen (a carpentry that later would become the more well-known furniture manufacturer Sibast Furniture which produced designs for Arne Vodder). But Hovmand-Olsen had the desire to create furniture designs himself, so he enrolled at Technical Collage in Århus in 1941. A few years later towards the end of WW2, having finished his studies the young Hovmand-Olsen met Niels Otto Møller at the Trade Fair in Fredericia. N. O. Møller had recently set up production facilities and shop in Århus (where Hovmand had studied and resided) and was looking to expand his furniture production. This chair became one of their first collaborations, if not the first. Literature: Møbelhandleren. No. 6, 1947. Illustrated and mentioned p. 17.
H. 56 cm. (22")
W. 52 cm. (20,5")D. 72 cm. (28,5")
Seating height 37 cm. (14,6")
Chris Sørensen, Kaare Klint, Seating
Rare set of four fumed oak chairs with black leather by Chris SørensenThis rare set of four fumed oak chairs with patinated black leather is by architect Chris Sørensen. The chairs were designed in 1955 and executed by Nils Otto Møllers company 'J. L. Møllers møbelfabrik' in Aarhus, Denmark. The model number is 74. Fumed oak or smoked oak as it is also known has in fact nothing to do with smoke or heat treatment. The original light oak wood was made darker by exposing it to ammonia fumes. The ammonia reacts with the natural tannins in the wood, which gives it a darker colour and brings out the grain pattern. The longer the wood is exposed to ammonia the darker it gets. Apparently this ageing technique was invented by accident in England hundreds of years ago, when it was noticed that oak planks stored in the horse stable would darken because of exposure to the ammonia fumes from the horse urine. H 78 cm. (30,7") W 51 cm. (20") L 46 cm. (18,1") Seating H 42 (16,5")
Jørgen Gammelgaard, Seating
Unique chair bench with woven canvas seat by Jørgen GammelgaardThis unique chair bench by Jørgen Gammelgaard (1938-1991) was made as a prototype for The Royal National Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark ca. 1983 when architects Eva and Nils Koppel decorated the new actors foyer as part of the extension at Kgs. Nytorv. It has a frame of maple with a black-lacquered back piece and a long seat with woven canvas. The idea was to create a piece of furniture for actors and ballet dancers to both sit and stretch during rehearsal- or performance-breaks. The hand-built prototype was never produced in numbers. In the late 1950s Jørgen Gammelgaard worked as a cabinetmaker with A. J. Iversen before studying at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, where he worked under architects Poul Kjærholm and Ole Wanscher. Literature: 'Jørgen Gammelgaard' by Per Mollerup, 1995
Rare bamboo and rattan furniture set by Flemming LassenThis important bamboo and rattan furniture set by architect Flemming Lassen (1902-1984) consists of a unique two-seater sofa and three easy chairs. The circular coffee table, top and shelf of raw glass by architect Jørgen Rohweder (1904-1994). Original cushions included, upholstered with green striped “Capsella” fabric designed by Danish textile artist Helga Foghs (1902-1974). The lounge chairs are model umber 340 and they were designed in 1940 and exhibited at Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition in 1940. These examples manufactured 1940 by E.V.A. Nissen & Co. LITERATURE: Sigvard Bernadotte & Johs. Lehm-Laursen, Moderne Dansk Boligkunst, 1947, Vol 2, p. 184. Sketch drawning courtesy of the Danish National Art Library. Sofa: L. 129 cm. Table: H. 58,5 cm. Diam. 67 cm.
Ceramics, Jens Thirslund
Rare earthenware vase with gold leaf by Jens ThirslundThis rare earthenware vase by Jens Thirslund (1892-1942) manufactured by Herman A. Kähler, Denmark, ca. in the 1920s. It is glazed with sapphire blue, emerald green, white luster and 24-carat gold leaf. The vase has the ‘HAK, Danmark’ monogram incised. In 1875, Herman August Kähler began experimenting with metallic glazes together with the pottery’s artistic director Karl Hansen Reistrup. Kähler and Reistrup achieved recognition at the Great Nordic Exhibition in 1888 held in Copenhagen and the Exposition Universelle of 1889 in Paris. This vase by ceramist Jens Thirslund is a further development of the pottery’s technique with metallic glazes. Similar models to this vase were presented at the Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1925. H. 10,5 cm. (4,14")
Jacob Kjær, Tables
Brazilian rosewood coffee table by Jacob KjærThis astonishing profiled Brazilian rosewood coffee/side table with underlying shelf by Danish master cabinetmaker Jacob Kjær (1896-1957) was designed ca. 1935. It was executed by master cabinetmaker Jacob Kjær, Denmark, approx. 1930-1940s.
H. 58 cm. (22,8")
L. 95 cm. (37,4")
W. 60,5 cm. (23,8")
Sold products, Hans J. Wegner
SOLD - Rare edition of the China chair in walnut by Hans J. WegnerThis rare edition of the "China chair" by Danish architect Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) has a frame of walnut. If has a loose seat cushion upholstered with patinated natural leather, fitted with buttons. The modelnumber is FH4283 and it was designed in 1944. This particular chair was executed in 1977 by Fritz Hansen. It is a limited jubilee edition of 250 chairs. The chair is no. 164/250. It has the maker's silver plaque in back and maker's label. Exhibited: The model was exhibited at the Spring Exhibition of Danish Arts and Crafts in 1944 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Literature: Noritsugu Oda, "Danish Chairs", 1999. p. 104-105.
Poul Hundevad, Tables
Rare teak sewing chest with rosewood details by Poul HundevadThis rare sewing chest of teak with rosewood details and brass fittings has legs of oak. It is model number 15 and was designed ca. in the 1950. The chest was executed by Poul Hundevad (1917-2011). Literature: Dansk Kunsthåndværk årg. 1952 no. 12. H. 63 cm. (24,8") L. 64 cm. (25,2") W. 41 cm. (16,1")
Grete Jalk, Seating
Pair of rare side chairs in fumed oak by Grete JalkThis rarely seen pair of side chairs (model 3-1) in slightly fumed oak with curvy seats was designed ca. 1956 by Grete Jalk (1920-2006). It is one of Grete Jalk’s first designs with bent wood. During the 1950s a number of designers began exploring the possibilities of moulding sheets of veneer into gently curved shapes. Charles and Ray Eames, Wegner, Alvar Aalto and Grete Jalk were among the those whom began bending the rules of nature. Around the time when these side chairs were designed, Jalk also designed her more famous and much more complex bent GJ Chair, but it was years later in the early 1960s that it was set in limited production by P. Jeppesen møbelfabrik These side chairs were executed by P. Jeppesen Møbelfabrik, Danmark in the late 1950s. One of the side chairs has a paper label from the manufacturer. Both chairs are stamped are with ‘DANISH Furnituremakers CONTROL’. Jalk collaborated a great deal with P. Jeppesen Møbelfabrik founded by Poul Jeppesen. The factory later became PJ Furniture and also executed designs from modern masters like Ole Wanscher, Arne Hovmand-Olsen and Vilhelm Wohlert. The company is today owned by Carl Hansen & Son, Denmark. Literature: Mobilia 1957 H. 75 cm. (29,5") W. 54 cm. (21,3") Seating H. 48 cm. (18,9)
Grete Jalk, Grete Jalk & Ejner Larsen, Seating
Very rare and early wingback armchair by Grete Jalk and Ejner Larsen
This very rare wingback was designed in 1946 by Grete Jalk (1920-2006) and Ejner Larsen (1917-1987). The legs are of elm. Seat, back and sides are upholstered with light fabric including Niger leather buttons and piping.The young Grete Jalk had just finished her studies at the Danish Design Academy, where she had trained to become a furniture designer, when she in collaboration with the slightly older Ejner Larsen designed this wingback. Ejner Larsen had finished his studies a few years earlier and was in 1946 actually teaching at the academy. Together they entered the cabinetmaker’s design competition in 1946. Jalk had entered the competition the year before without success, but this time she wins 1st prize with Ejner Larsen. After having won she is offered a position at the academy in Stockholm and despite her collaborative success with Ejner Larsen she accepts and moves to Sweden - for six months initially, but she ends up staying on for longer. Back in Denmark Ejner Larsen is looking for a new partner and the year after he joins forces with Aksel Bender Madsen, whom he had studied with at the academy. The two would go on to collaborate for decades and most of the time with master cabinetmaker Willy Beck, who also helped Jalk and Larsen execute this particular wingback chair. This wingback was exhibited at The Copenhagen Cabinetmakers' Guild Exhibition, Kunstindustrimuseet, stand 17, Sep 27 to Oct 13 1946. H. 111 cm. (43,7") D. 85 cm. (33,5") Seating H. 42 cm. (16,5") W. 85 cm. (33,5") Literature: Grete Jalk, ed., 40 years of Danish furniture design: the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild exhibitions 1927-1966; Dansk møbelkunst gennem 40 aar: Københavns Snedkerlaugs møbeludstillinger 1927-1966, Copenhagen, 1987, Volume 2, pp. 286-287, ill. p. 287.
Uno & Östen Kristiansson, Lighting
Rare cylindrical ceiling lamp by Uno & Östen KristianssonThis rare ceiling lamp (model 555) was designed in the 1950s and executed by Swedish mirror and lighting producer ‘Luxus’ in the town of Vittsjö. Luxus was founded in 1951 by brothers Uno (1925-2009) and Östen Kristiansson (1927-2003), after having learned the trade from their father, Evert Kristiansson. He ran Vittsjö Möbelfabrik AB and produced wooden furniture for Swedish luxury department store Nordiska Kompaniet as well as other renowned architects like Carl Malmsten. The frame and ceiling cup are in oak with opal plexiglass shade and diffusers on each end. The height is adjustable ca. 50-150 cm.
Günther Praschak, Ceramics
Very large dark grey stoneware vase with soft blue hints by Günther PraschakThis very large stoneware vase by Austrian potter Günther Praschak (1940-2015) has a dark brown, almost black glaze with blue hints, rounded corners and a lipped opening. The 41 cm tall and 18 cm wide vase was executed in the late 1960s in limited edition by Knabstrup Keramik, Denmark. It is signed with the artist's monogram and stamped by Knabstrup.
Günther Praschak was born in Vienna in 1940 and became a trained ceramist in the same city in 1963. The year after he travelled to Denmark and was hired at Knabstrup Keramik. Whilst there he worked closely with the artistic leader Johannes Hansen and the German ceramist Dietlinde Hein.
Praschak returned to Austria in 1970 and became a tutor at the art academy in Linz. From 1973 to 2004 he was a professor at Universität für Künstlerische und Industrielle Gestaltung in Linz.
Kaj Gottlob, Seating
Very rare three-seater sofa of nut wood by Kaj GottlobThis very rare three-seater sofa was designed in 1930 by Kaj Gottlob (1887-1976). It has a frame of nut wood. The seat, back and sides are upholstered with blue fabric. This example executed 1933 by master cabinetmaker A. J. Iversen. Denmark. Copy of receipt from A. J. Iversen included. Exhibited: The present model was exhibited at The Copenhagen Cabinetmakers' 4th Guild Exhibition, Teknologisk Instituts Udstillingslokaler, Copenhagen, stand 4A, Oct. 11. – Oct. 26. 1930. Exhibition Designer: Magnus Læssøe Stephensen. Literature: Grete Jalk, ed., 40 years of Danish furniture design: the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild exhibitions 1927-1966; Dansk møbelkunst gennem 40 aar: Københavns Snedkerlaugs møbeludstillinger 1927-1966, Copenhagen, 1987, Volume 1, pp. 78-79, ill. p. 79.
H. 81 cm. (31,9")
L. 200 cm. (78,75")
D. 79 cm. (31,1")
Sold products, Steen Eiler Rasmussen
SOLD - Rare asymmetric arm chair with Niger leather by Steen Eiler RasmussenThis very rare asymmetric arm chair was named the 'Make-yourself-at-home'-chair by the man behind the design architect Steen Eiler Rasmussen (1898-1990). He designed the chair in 1936. It is upholstered with Niger leather with legs of mahogany stained beech. The asymmetrical chair was executed by master cabinetmaker A.J. Iversen. To our knowledge only a total of four known examples. Two of those – a set of mirrored twins – are currently found at Ringsted city hall. Exhibited: The present model was exhibited at the ‘Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild exhibition’, Kunstindustrimuseet, Copenhagen, 30 Sep – 16 Oct 1949, stand 20. Press: Danish newspaper ‘Politiken’, 30th Sep. 1949, p. 10 Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen Steen Eiler Rasmussen, probably best known as a specialist in town planning, has designed an easy chair for A.J. Iversen. The back is high in one side to provide support for the shoulders and then drops steeply to satisfy the need for a place to rest one’s elbow – an inclination we all have after sitting a while. For the same reason one armrest is only half the height of the other. A high armrest is uncomfortable if one whishes to sit with one’s leg over the side of the chair. Steen Eiler Rasmussen’s chair epitomizes the present exhibition: somewhat old-fashioned in its form and yet with great measure of freedom in the practical application. Press: Danish newspaper ‘Nationaltidende’, 30 Sep 1949, p 5: The professor himself calls the chair the make-youself-at-home-chair. He got the idea on the ferry to England, where he noticed how especially gentlemen had a habit of putting their legs over the arm rest to relax. But ordinary chairs aren’t suited for that as opposed to Eiler Rasmussen’s chair which only has a high back on one side. It would be especially practical as an executive office chair. Guests will be more inclined to feel at ease when they are offered a seat in the make-yourself-at-home-chair. H. 102 cm. (40,16") W. 75 cm. (29,5") D. 82,5 cm. (32,5")
Bjørn Wiinblad, Tables
Rare coffee table with 21 decorative tiles by Bjørn WiinbladThis rare coffee table designed by Danish multi-artist Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006) has 21 decorative hand-painted tiles on top. The tabletop frame is of Brazilian rosewood. Legs are made in bronze. The table was made in the early 1960s for luxury department store Illum Bolighus. It has a plaque from Illum Bolighus under the tabletop. H. 49,5 cm. (19,5”) L. 94 cm. (37”) W. 42 cm. (16,5”)
C. H. Brockmann-Petersen, Seating
Very rare petite sofa with curved teak by C. H. Brockmann-PetersenThis very rare petite sofa designed by C. H. Brockmann Petersen (1914-1972) has a combined curved teak backrest and armrest. Its seat is in woven cane. The bearing bars underneath are executed in a combination of fair and darker teak. The sofa was designed in 1956. It was executed by cabinetmaker Louis G. Thiersen & Søn, Denmark. Literature: 40 years of Danish Furniture Design: The Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild exhibitions 1927-1966; Dansk møbelkunst gennem 40 aar: Københavns Snedkerlaugs møbeludstillinger 1927-1966 / Jalk, Grethe. - Tåstrup, 1987, Vol. 3, p. 389. H. 72 cm. (28,3") L. 98 cm. (38,6") D. 47 cm. (18,5") Seating height: 46 cm. (18,1")
Nanna Ditzel, Seating
Very rare pair of velour upholstered chairs by Nanna DitzelThis very rare pair of chairs designed by Nanna Ditzel has sculptural armrests like tiny wings. The chairs have stained oak legs. Sides, seats and backs are upholstered with a yellowish velour. The chairs were designed in 1955 and executed by master cabinetmaker Knud Willadsen, owner of Søren Willadsens Møbelfabrik, Denmark. The chair model was exhibited at the Fredericia Furniture fair in 1955 at Søren Willadsens Møbelfabrik's stand. Here it was presented as a desk chair together with Ditzel's more famous model 93 desk.
Frits Schlegel, Sold products
SOLD - Rare pair of easy chairs with woven sea grass by Frits SchlegelThis very rare pair of easy chairs with stained beech frame was designed by Frits Schlegel (1896-1965). Their seats and backs upholstered are with original woven sea grass. The chair model number is 1641. They were executed ca. 1930 by Fritz Hansen. Both chairs have the original paper label from Fritz Hansen with handwritten model and order number. Only two examples executed as per the paper label.
Literature: Fritz Hansen catalogue 1942.
Grete Jalk, Seating
Rare teak sofa with original upholstery by Grete JalkThis rare teak sofa designed ca. 1952 by Grete Jalk (1920-2006) has its original seat and back cushions with spring coils. The cushions are upholstered with the original green fabric designed by Grete Jalk (verified by Grete Jalk 24 October 2001). The sofa was executed ca. 1952 by France and Daverkosen (later France & Son). France and Daverkosen was in the 1950s one of the most successful Danish furniture manufacturers. The company was founded by Fearnley France and now famous and very established architects like Finn Juhl, Peter Hvidt, Orla Mølgaard and Ole Wanscher created designs for France and Daverkosen. The model number of this sofa is 118/4. It is marked with France and Daverkosen plaque on lower backrest. This early and original model is an absolute rarity. Literature: Mobilia 1955 H. 84 cm. (33") L. 205 cm. (80,1") D. 80 cm. (31,5")
Sold products, Kaj Gottlob
Very rare set of Niger leather chairs by Kaj GottlobThis very rare set of four chairs was designed ca. 1935 by Kaj Gottlob (1887-1976). The chairs are made of Cuba mahogany and upholstered with original patinated Niger leather as well as fitted with brass nails. Executed ca. 1935 by master cabinetmaker A. J. Iversen, Copenhagen. Exhibited: The present model was among the more than 250 carefully selected pieces exhibited at the ‘Masterpieces: 100 Years of Danish Cabinetmaking’, Kronborg Castle, Helsingør, 13. October – 3. December 2000. Literature: Bodil Busk Laursen, Søren Matz and Christian Holmsted Olesen, eds., Mesterværker: 100 års dansk møbelsnedkeri, Copenhagen, 2003, p. 131. H. 85 cm. (33,5") D. 48 cm. (18,9") W. 45-53 cm. (17,7"-20,9")
Sold products, Børge Mogensen
SOLD - Rare wing back chair in Niger leather by Børge MogensenThis rare and large wingback armchair was designed by Børge Mogensen (1914-1972) in 1944 and executed the same year by master cabinetmaker Jacob Kjær, Copenhagen, Denmark. The frame is of Brazilian rosewood and it is upholstered with Niger leather. The present model executed in Brazilian rosewood is extremely rare. The very few existing examples of this model are executed respectively in beech, mahogany and rosewood, making this present model in the fine Brazilian rosewood and Niger leather extraordinaire.
Exhibited: The present model was exhibited at the ‘Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild’, Kunstindustrimuseet, Copenhagen, 1944, stand 25 and again at the ‘Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild’, Kunstindustrimuseet, Copenhagen, 1947, stand 25.
Literature: Dansk møbelkunst gennem 40 aar: Københavns Snedkerlaugs møbeludstillinger 1927-1966/ Jalk, Grethe - Tåstrup, 1987, Vol. 2, p. 233 and Vol. 3 p. 23.