Finn Juhl - Design New York Tuesday, June 9, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, United States
    Wyeth, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Esbjørn Hiort, Modern Danish Furniture, New York, 1956, pp. 54-55
    Grete Jalk, ed., Dansk Møbelkunst gennem 40 aar, Volume 3: 1947-1956, Copenhagen, 1987, pp. 124-25, 233, fig. 2, p. 311
    Esbjørn Hiort, Finn Juhl: Furniture, Architecture, Applied Art, Copenhagen, 1990, pp. 23, 40-41
    Patricia Yamada, ed., Finn Juhl Memorial Exhibition, exh. cat., Osaka, 1990, passim
    Martin Eidelberg, ed., Design 1935-1965: What Modern Was, New York, 1991, p. 187
    Noritsugu Oda, Danish Chairs, San Francisco, 1996, pp. 92-93

  • Catalogue Essay

    The “Chieftain” chair was designed for and first exhibited at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild, Kunstindustrimuseet, Copenhagen, in 1949. The period image illustrated here shows a four-buttoned upholstered chair, similar to the present lot, which appears to be an earlier design element. Three years later, in the 1952 exhibition “Interior 52” at the Nordenfjeldske Museum of Applied Art, Trondheim, Norway, Finn Juhl exhibited his “Chieftain” chair, but this time with three buttons, having altered the design slightly, and as it would remain for the duration of its production.


Early "Chieftain" armchair

circa 1949
Teak, leather.
36 3/4 x 39 3/4 x 34 1/2 in. (93.3 x 101 x 87.6 cm)
Executed by cabinetmaker Niels Vodder, Denmark. Underside branded with NIELS VODDER CABINETMAKER/COPENHAGEN DENMARK/DESIGN: FINN JUHL.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $93,750

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New York Auction 9 June 2015 2pm