Poul Kjærholm - Nordic Design London Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Holø Bergljot, friend of Poul and Hanne Kjærholm
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Christoffer Harlang, Keld Helmer-Petersen and Krestine Kjærholm, eds., Poul Kjærholm, Copenhagen, 2001, p. 13
    Michael Sheridan, The Furniture of Poul Kjærholm: Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 2007, pp. 26-27 for an image and a technical drawing
    Arne Karlsen, Danish Furniture Design: in the 20th Century, Volume 2, Copenhagen, 2007, p. 143

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1952 Poul Kjærholm produced the prototype for the lounge chair and during spring that year the design was exhibited at the Danish Association of Arts and Crafts. According to the catalogue raisonné approximately 20 examples of the chairs were produced during 1953 (Michael Sheridan, The Furniture of Poul Kjærholm: Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 2007, p. 27).

    An armchair version of the present lot was also designed by Kjærholm, and both designs are sometimes referred to as the ‘Holscher’ chairs in reference to the blacksmith Svend Holscher, who was the father of the renowned Danish architect, Knud Holscher.

    Svend Holscher constructed the chair frames for Hanne and Poul Kjærholm; then back at their apartment the husband and wife would both apply the halyard to the chairs and would proceed to sell them to friends. The architect Holø Bergljot, from whom the present lot was originally acquired, was acquainted with the Kjærholms.


Pair of rare 'Holscher' lounge chairs

designed 1952, produced circa 1953
Painted tubular steel, halyard.
Each: 72.1 x 61.8 x 73 cm (28 3/8 x 24 3/8 x 28 3/4 in.)
Produced by Hanne and Poul Kjærholm and frames executed by blacksmith Svend Holscher, Rødby, Denmark.

£40,000 - 60,000 

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Nordic Design

London Auction 1 October 2015