'China' chair, model no. FH4283

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  • 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.

    現代設計的世紀回顧——羅啟妍女士收藏
    現居香港的藏家羅啟妍豐富非凡的典藏,不僅深具啟發、創新以及學術精神,這個著眼於現代及當代設計的收藏,深具國際視野,也廣泛橫跨了各個發展時期。

  • 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

《〈中國〉扶手椅,型號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.

Estimate
HK$40,000 - 60,000 
€4,600-6,900
$5,100-7,700

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20th Century & Contemporary Art and Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 9 July 2020