Black midcentury sculptural sofa by Danish cabinetmaker
This free standing sculptural sofa from the 1940s - 1950s has round fore and hind legs of oak.
The sofa is upholstered with patinated Napa leather. The back is fitted with buttons.
H. 85 cm. (33,5")
L. 140 cm. (55,1")
SOLD - Set of six chairs with Niger leather by Frits Henningsen
This set of six chairs by master cabinetmaker Frits Henningsen (1889-1965) with profiled frames of oak has seats and backs upholstered with original patinated Niger leather. Backs fitted with brass nails.
Executed in Denmark ca. in the 1930s.
Seat height approx. 44 cm. (17,3")
W. 48 cm. (18,9")
L. 49 cm. (19,3")
Chinese inspired mahogany coffee table by Frits Henningsen
This Chinese inspired mahogany coffee table was executed by cabinetmaker Frits Henningsen (1889-1965) ca. in the 1930s.
The table top is decorated with unique tiles depicting Chinese Fenghuang birds also called the August rooster - a positive symbol of high virtue and grace. The tiles are handcoloured by painter and ceramist Jens Thirslund and executed at Herman August Kählers (HAK) pottery.
Exhibited: The present model was exhibited in ‘Industriforeningen’, Copenhagen in 1933. Stand 12.
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, Bd. 1, s. 156-157.
Unique colourful coffee table with tiles by Johannes Aasbjerg Andersen
This large colourful coffee table was designed by Johannes Aasbjerg Andersen (1921-2006) in the 1950s.
It was executed by Aasbjerg & Ørtoft by special commission in 1965.
The table has 24 decorative and unique handmade enamel tiles on top. And the tabletop frame is of solid Brazilian rosewood. The legs are black lacquered steel with solid Brazilian rosewood feet.
One of the tiles on top is signed by hand and dated 1965.
Aasbjerg & Ørtoft was founded by Johannes and his brother Harry Ørtoft after the Second World War. They were both cabinetmakers but Johannes furthermore the designer and salesman. They started out producing bespoke pieces in the wealthy areas just north of Copenhagen, and later on when business was growing they began exporting to Europe and the USA.
The black and white catalogue photos from Danish luxury department store Illum Bolighus showcase the table together with chairs by Italian architect and designer Gio Ponti.
H. 48 cm. (19")
L. 162 cm. (63,8")
W. 62 cm. (24,5")
Center of Modern Design, Copenhagen. Illums Bolighus, Denmark. Exhibition catalogue 1959, pp. 12 and 22.
Center of Modern Design, Copenhagen. Illums Bolighus, Denmark. Frontpage picture of the commercial catalogue for the 1960 Luxury main exhibition catalogue.
Center of Modern Design, Copenhagen. Illums Bolighus, Denmark. Exhibition catalogue 1965.
Center of Modern Design, Copenhagen. Illums Bolighus, Denmark. Exhibition catalogue 1959, p. 22. Exhibited together with supplementary important design pieces, for example Gio Ponti’s ’Distex’ armchair, model no. 807 and armchair, model no. 803. Both armchairs designed circa 1954.