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.
Unique desk chair with red Niger leather by Hans J. Wegner
This unique desk chair was designed and executed in 1948 by Danish architect Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) and master cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen (1886-1961).
The chair has a cherry wood frame and red Niger leather upholstery.
Provenance: Architect Tang Ørnebjerg. This desk chair was made by special order for his apartment in Frederiksberg. It was purchased in 1948 directly from Johannes Hansen in Bredgade, Copenhagen.
A sketch drawing of the desk chair plus original receipt with Mr. Wegner’s own signature included.
H. 84 cm. (33")
W. 62,5 cm. (24,6")
D. 45 cm. (17,7")
Seating H. 43,5 cm. (17,1)
Black and white sofa with large seat cushion by Hans Olsen
This sofa with a large seat cushion was designed in 1956 by Hans Olsen (1919-1992). The sofa is model number 187. It is upholstered with white and black Savak wool by Gabriel. Its legs are of stained wood.
The sofa is executed and marked by Bramin (previously N. A. Jørgensens Møbelfabrik), Denmark.
A matching pair of lounge chairs is also available.
Set of three upholstered easy chairs by Frits Henningsen
This set of three easy chairs was executed by cabinetmaker Frits Henningsen ca. in the 1940s.
The easy chairs are upholstered with a burnt shade of orange fabric. The backs are fitted with buttons. And the legs are in stained beech.