26 June 2007
ARNE JACOBSEN (DANISH, 1902-1971)
PAIR OF EARLY PRODUCTION EGG CHAIRS
designed 1957, produced prior to circa 1960 by Fritz Hansen, attributed to use in the SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen, each with cast and polished aluminium pedestal and hand-stitched leather upholstery
each 41½ in. (105.5 cm.) high, 32 in. (81 cm.) wide, 30½ in. (77.5 cm.) deep (2)
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M. Sheridan, Room 606: The SAS House and the Work of Arne Jacobsen, London, 2003, pp. 182-183 (examples illustrated in-situ).
M. Eidelberg (ed.), What Modern Was: Design 1935-1965, New York, 1991, p. 192, pl. 278 (example illustrated).
The earliest examples of Jacobsen's Egg chair were originally produced without a seat cushion, a feature added when the chairs entered broader retail distribution around 1960. Black leather Egg chairs, of the earliest type without seat cushions as the pair offered, were specifically designed for and used in the lobby of the SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen. Cloth-upholstered examples were utilised in the hotel's bedrooms.
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