Hans J. Wegner - Design Masters New York Tuesday, December 15, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Denmark
    Private collection, New York

  • Literature

    “Reclining Chairs,” Arts & Architecture, November 1951, p. 30
    Grete Jalk, ed., Dansk Møbelkunst gennem 40 aar, Volume 3: 1947-1956, Copenhagen, 1987, p. 142
    Noritsugu Oda, Hans J Wegner's 100 Chairs, Tokyo, 2002, pp. 42-43
    Christian Holmsted Olesen, Wegner: just one good chair, exh. cat., Design Museum Denmark, 2014, p. 184

  • Catalogue Essay

    Building on the rational perfection and elegance of his iconic 1949 folding chair design, Hans J. Wegner infused a deep sense of playfulness into his "Dolphin" lounge chair of 1950. This rare chair (only four are known) conveys movement and energy—here specifically the lyricism and speed of a dolphin in water—culminating in the sculptural carved cantilevered armrests that boldly project forward motion. In its modernist beauty and superb craftsmanship, the Dolphin is a poetic example of the fruitful collaboration of the youthful Wegner and the esteemed Copenhagen cabinet maker Johannes Hansen. And it stands out as a clear and profound expression of the designer's career-long, deeply-felt humanist interest in furniture’s adaptability to human forms and needs, in this case the modern capacity to transform for transport.


Rare short "Dolphin" folding armchair, model no. JH510

Oak, cane, brass.
38 1/2 x 28 1/2 x 34 3/4 in. (97.8 x 72.4 x 88.3 cm)
Executed by cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

$70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for $87,500

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Design Masters

New York Auction 15 December 2015 5pm