Ole Wanscher - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Thursday, July 9, 2020 | Phillips

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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.


  • Provenance

    Phillips, London, ‘Nordic Design’, 24 September 2014, lot 53
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Mobilia, no. 41, November-December 1958, p. 24
    Dansk Kunsthaandværk, no. 32, August-September 1959, p. 175
    'Special edition', Mobilia, no. 130, May 1966, n.p.
    Grete Jalk, ed., Dansk Møbelkunst gennem 40 aar, Volume 4: 1957-1966, Copenhagen, 1987, p. 57
    Bodil Busk Laursen, Søren Matz and Christian Holmsted Olesen, eds., Mesterværker: 100 års dansk møbelsnedkeri, Copenhagen, 2000, p. 9

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model was exhibited at the 'Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild', Kunstindustrimuseet, Copenhagen, 19 September–5 October 1958, Stand 6.

    Ole Wanscher designed furniture with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, and he achieved both domestic and international acclaim. Throughout his career, Wanscher worked with the Danish master cabinetmaker A.J. Iverson, who was titled the ‘Master of the Guild’. This title referred to the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild’s which held an annual exhibition at the Kunstindustrimuseet for cabinetmakers to showcase their best designs each year. The present model armchair was exhibited at the prestigious exhibition in 1958. A Danish newspaper described the designer’s work, saying, “Owning a Wanscher chair is an adventure every day, and will be so even several hundred years from now, for this is how long it lasts.” The refined and simplified lines of the chair demonstrate Wanscher’s influence on future modern Danish design as well as designers working today.

Eternal Form - A Century of Modern and Contemporary Design


Armchair, model no. J2833

designed 1958
mahogany, Niger leather
78 x 62 x 52.5 cm. (30 3/4 x 24 3/8 x 20 5/8 in.)
Executed by master cabinetmaker A.J. Iversen, Copenhagen, Denmark. Designed 1958.

HK$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for HK$25,000

Contact Specialist
Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 9 July 2020