Offered by: H. Gallery
Concordiastraat 68 - 127 Utrecht 3551EM , Netherlands Call Seller 0031302270051


Fritz Hansen Model "FH 8023" Wingback Armchair in Bouclé, Denmark 1950s

$ 6,270
  • Description
    Throughout Scandinavia, there's a long history of pride in craftsmanship which is especially true of Denmark and one of its most reputable furniture makers Fritz Hansen. This beautiful wingback chair is an exceptional flagbearer of Danish Mid-Century Modernism with an immediately recognizable look.

    When the Copenhagen-based furniture maker Fritz Hansen opened for business more than 140 years ago, the company adhered to the traditional, time-honoured Danish values of craftsmanship in woodworking and joinery. Yet thanks to the postwar innovations of Arne Jacobsen and others, Fritz Hansen would become the country’s leader in Scandinavian modern design using new, forward-looking materials and methods. This model 8023 wingback chair is a great representation of this sentiment. It has a distinctive design that is sometimes referred to as a “hammer” style. The curving wings on the back and on the armrests define the look. As the wings on the back curve inwards, while the ones on the arms curve outwards, there is a great balance that makes the chair look open and cosy. The bouclé upholstery elevates these curves even further, while the elaborate front legs and simpler, tapered back legs made of solid wood add traditional organicity to the design. Danish modernist furniture designs, such as this wingback chair, became known for their sober character and undecorated elegance. Accordingly, the main decorative element is the design itself, aided by quality materials and craftsmanship.

    This model was first seen in Fritz Hansen's 1951 catalogue. Fritz Hansen started his company in 1872, and have become the manufacturer of some of the most emblematic chairs of the mid-20th-century. Like this model, beautifully crafted, functional designs characterize their work that are both timeless and timely.

    In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The chair has been reupholstered recently in a premium bouclé fabric. Each of our items can be re-upholstered by our in-house atelier in a fabric of choice. Please reach out for more information.

    28.15 in W x 36.42 in D x 42.91 in H; Seat height 17.72 in; Arm height 24.41 in
    71.5 W x 92.5 cm D x 109 cm H; Seat height 45 cm; Arm height 62 cm

    About the designer:
    Fritz Hansen started his company in 1872, specializing in the manufacture of small furniture parts. In 1915, the firm became the first in Denmark to make chairs using steam-bent wood (a technique most familiar from birch used in the ubiquitous café chairs by Austrian maker Thonet). At the time, Fritz Hansen was best known for seating that featured curved legs and curlicue splats and referenced 18th-century Chippendale designs.

    In the next few decades, the company promoted simple, plain chairs with slatted backs and cane or rush seats designed by such proto-modernist masters as Kaare Klint and Søren Hansen. Still, the most aesthetically striking piece Fritz Hansen produced in the first half of the 20th century was arguably the China chair of 1944 by Hans Wegner. Everything changed in 1952 with Arne Jacobsen’s Ant chair which was the breakthrough. Its silhouette suggests the shape of the insect’s body, and the lightweight, stackable chair and its biomorphic form became an international hit.

    The Egg and Swan chair models led Fritz Hansen to fully embrace new man-made materials, like foam, plastic and steel wire used to realize the avant-garde creations of later generations of designers with whom the firm collaborated, such as Piet Hein, Jørn Utzon (the architect of the Sydney Opera House) and Verner Panton. If the Fritz Hansen of 1872 would not now recognize his company, today’s connoisseurs certainly do.

    This lounge chair will be packed and shipped with the greatest care to make sure you will receive the item in gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Origin: Denmark
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: Wood, Fabric
    Condition: Good. In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The chair has been reupholstered recently in a premium bouclé fabric. Each of our items can be re-upholstered by our in-house atelier in a fabric of choice.
    Creation Date: 1950s
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Mid Century, Scandinavian Modern
    Dealer Reference #: 2022106801
    Incollect Reference #: 589392
  • Dimensions
    W. 28.15 in; H. 42.91 in; D. 36.42 in;
    W. 71.5 cm; H. 109 cm; D. 92.5 cm;
    Seat H. 17.72 in; Arm H. 24.41 in;
    Seat H. 45 cm; Arm H. 62 cm;
Message from Seller:

Located in Utrecht, The Netherlands, H. Gallery specializes in modern and contemporary design with a strong focus on Brazil and Scandinavia. The gallery strives to preserve and promote especially Brazil's rich design heritage and curates a select group of contemporary artists. Meticulous research, ie getting in contact with the original designers, producers, their heirs, and retrieving and indexing old catalogues and magazines is at the heart of its activities. All works presented excel in great

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