Hans J. Wegner 1914–2007

Hans J. Wegner was born in Tønder, Denmark in 1914. As a teenager, Wegner apprenticed with master cabinetmaker H.F. Stahlberg before enrolling at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in 1936. In 1940, Wegner teamed with Arne Jacobson and Erik Møller to design furniture for the newly built City Hall building in Aarhus, Denmark. In 1943, Wegner opened his own drafting studio. Wegner insisted on the highest standard of craftsmanship for his furniture, and his chairs often feature traditional mortise and tenon joints and unique materials such as paper cord.

Wegner’s famed China series (inspired by the imperial Chinese chairs from the Ming dynasty) was designed in 1949. That same year he introduce what is probably his most iconic seating design, The Chair at the Cabinetmakers Guild exhibition in Copenhagen. In 1951, his chairs were featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s famous Good Design exhibit. His chairs reached a national audience in 1960 when John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon sat in them during the televised presidential debate. In 1971, Wegner was awarded the Diploma di Collaborazione at the Milano Triennale. Wegner created his innovative three-legged stacking chair known as the PP58 in 1988. In 1992, he retired from his firm and his daughter Marianne took over his practice. Wegner died in 2007.

In 2014, the Design Museum of Denmark honored Wegner with a retrospective of his work. Wegner’s furniture designs are held in the collections across the globe and can be found in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert in London, and the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, among many others.

Auction Results Hans J. Wegner

HANS J. WEGNER, Papa Bear chair and ottoman | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

Papa Bear chair and ottoman
estimate: $6,000–9,000
result: $7,500

HANS J. WEGNER, Wishbone chairs model CH24, pair | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

Wishbone chairs model CH24, pair
estimate: $800–1,200
result: $750

HANS J. WEGNER, Papa Bear chair and ottoman | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

Papa Bear chair and ottoman
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $9,375

HANS J. WEGNER, rocking chair | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

rocking chair
estimate: $1,200–1,600
result: $1,300

HANS J. WEGNER, lounge chair, model AP 62 | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

lounge chair, model AP 62
estimate: $1,200–1,600
result: $1,375

HANS J. WEGNER, coffee table, model AT 10 | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

coffee table, model AT 10
estimate: $1,500–2,000

HANS J. WEGNER, lounge chairs model CH22, set of two | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

lounge chairs model CH22, set of two
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $11,250

HANS J. WEGNER, drop-leaf dining table | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

drop-leaf dining table
estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $8,125

HANS J. WEGNER, Set of six The Chair | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

Set of six The Chair
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $8,750

HANS J. WEGNER, Valet chair | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

Valet chair
estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $10,625

HANS J. WEGNER, Papa Bear Chair And Ottoman | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

Papa Bear Chair And Ottoman
estimate: $7,500–9,500
result: $8,750

HANS J. WEGNER, Globe on stand | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

Globe on stand
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $3,000

HANS J. WEGNER, Desk | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

Desk
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $8,125

HANS J. WEGNER, Set of eight dining chairs | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

Set of eight dining chairs
estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $3,000

HANS J. WEGNER, Pair of lounge chairs (GE240) | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

Pair of lounge chairs (GE240)
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,625

HANS J. WEGNER, Tambour cabinet (RY 25) | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

Tambour cabinet (RY 25)
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $5,313

HANS J. WEGNER, Lounge chair | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

Lounge chair
estimate: $2,000–3,000

HANS J. WEGNER, Pair of lounge chairs (GE260) | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

Pair of lounge chairs (GE260)
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,500

HANS J. WEGNER, Paddle Arm sofa (GE 290/3) | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

Paddle Arm sofa (GE 290/3)
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,750

HANS J. WEGNER, Cabinet | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

Cabinet
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $5,625

HANS J. WEGNER, Set of six The Chair | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

Set of six The Chair
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $10,625

HANS J. WEGNER, Set of four The Chair | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

Set of four The Chair
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $6,875

HANS J. WEGNER, Pair of lounge chairs (GE 290) | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

Pair of lounge chairs (GE 290)
estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,625

HANS J. WEGNER, Set of ten dining chairs | ragoarts.com

Hans J. Wegner

Set of ten dining chairs
estimate: $5,000–7,000