Hans J. Wegner - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Thursday, July 9, 2020 | Phillips
  • Description

    A Century of Modern Design: the Collection of Kai-Yin Lo
    Hong Kong-based collector Kai-Yin Lo amassed an extraordinary collection that reflects inspiration, innovation and scholarship. The collection of modern and contemporary design is global in its scope and vast in its chronological sweep.


  • Provenance

    Private collection, Denmark
    Klassik, Copenhagen
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2014

  • Literature

    Nyt Tidsskrift For Kunstindustri, no. 6, June 1944, p. 90
    Ingvar Bergström, 'Danskt i Röhsska Konstslöjdmuseet', Nyt Tidsskrift For Kunstindustri, no. 10, October 1945, p. 119
    Johan Møller Nielsen, Wegner en Dansk Møbelkunstner, Copenhagen, 1965, p. 36
    Jens Bernsen, Hans J. Wegner: om Design, exh. cat., Dansk Design Center, Copenhagen, 1995, pp. 17, 26-27, 68
    Christian Holmsted Olesen, Wegner: just one good chair, exh. cat., Design Museum Denmark, Copenhagen, 2014, pp. 114, 120-21

  • Catalogue Essay

    Hans Wegner is considered one of the most important and prolific modernists who designed over 500 chairs. In 1943, Wegner designed this now-iconic “China” chair after seeing an illustration of an antique round back Chinese chair in a book about chair typologies throughout history. Deeply interested in this model, he obtained his own version of the chair through the East Asiatic Company and went on to design chairs whose form is deeply indebted to Chinese examples. He simplified the form into its most clear and logical design while also utilising the best materials and superb craftsmanship, which is what truly makes it a classic example of Danish Modern design.

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'China' chair, model no. FH4283

designed 1943, executed 1969
Brazilian rosewood, leather
81.8 x 56.8 x 50 cm. (32 1/4 x 22 3/8 x 19 5/8 in.)
Executed by Fritz Hansen, Copenhagen, Denmark. Underside with manufacturer’s label printed FH/MADE IN DENMARK/0569/BY FRITZHANSEN/FURNITUREMAKERS/DANISH/CONTROL. Designed 1943, executed 1969.

HK$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for HK$81,250

Contact Specialist
Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 9 July 2020