High back leather upholstered armchair by Kaare Klint
This high back armchair of mahogany was designed by Kaare Klint (1888-1954) back in 1939.
It was manufactured by Rud. Rasmussen Cabinetmakers, Denmark.
The model is called ‘Nørrevold’ after the location of the building in central Copenhagen it was designed for. The model number is 5999.
The seat and back are upholstered with patinated black leather as well as the adjustable headrest.
Cabinetmaker Rudolf Rasmussen, born in 1888, the same year as Klint, had in 1904 taken over the family carpentry business from his father, founder Rudolph Rasmussen.
Kaare Klint knew Rudolf from when they both attended Gregersens school in the well off neighbourhood of Frederiksberg. At the time a school where sons of architects and artists were mixed with the kids from the rougher neighbouring quarter (Nørrebro, where the Rud. Rasmussen family had their carpentry).
The two peers would stick together and work together throughout their career. They even attended a local gymnastics team in their older years.
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.
Oak rocking chair with seagrass seat by Magnus Læssøe Stephensen
This rocking chair of patinated oak frame was designed by Magnus Læssøe Stephensen (1903-1984). The seat and backrest are with original woven seagrass.
It was executed by cabinetmaker Clausen in Brørup, Denmark. ca. in the 1930s.
Similar model presented at the exhibition "Købestævnet" in Fredericia, 1933.
Literature: Nyt Tidsskrift for Kunstindustri No. 8, August 1933, ill. p. 117.
Pair of lounge chairs with woven paper cord seats by Fritz Hansen
These lounge chairs have frames of stained beech. The seats are of original woven paper cord.
The chairs were manufactured by Fritz Hansens Eftfl. Denmark ca. in the 1930s.
They are marked with a brass sign: Fritz Hansens Eftfl. København.