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    26 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 164

    FRITS HENNINGSEN 1902-1971

    A HIGH-BACK ARMCHAIR, DESIGNED CIRCA 1939

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    Estimate

    FRITS HENNINGSEN 1902-1971
    A HIGH-BACK ARMCHAIR, DESIGNED CIRCA 1939
    original leather upholstery, teak
    43 in. (109 cm.) high; 26 ¾ in. (68 cm.) wide; 37 in. (94 cm.) deep


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    This chair was acquired in the mid-1950s by the commercial artist Jens Joergen Thing, who worked for Georg Jensen, SAS and many other Danish companies throughout the second half of the 20th century, and his wife, the noted ceramist Inger Thing.

    The current high-back chair, by the master cabinetmaker Frits Henningsen, is today celebrated as one of the most iconic forms of Danish Modern design. Taking inspiration from a classical 18th century high-back armchair, the basic form has been enhanced into a sculptural organic form, ergonomically modelled to maximise comfort.

    Provenance

    Collection of Jens Joergen Thing & Inger Thing, Copenhagen, acquired mid-1950s;
    Thence by descent.


    Literature

    C. & P. Fiell, Chairs, 2012, p. 156, p. 221.