Danish Rosewood Furniture
Danish Rosewood Furniture is original furniture produced by Danish manufacturers and designers using rosewood.
Brief history and description
The design of rosewood furniture items by various designers from Denmark became an extremely popular movement in the post-World War II era.
Some of the most notable Danish rosewood furniture designers include:
- Arne Jacobsen (who created the "ant" chair in 1952, the "swan" chair in 1957 and the "egg" chair in 1958)
- Hans Wegner (who designed the "peacock" chair in 1947 and the "round" chair in 1949 - a chair which was used by both Nixon and Kennedy during the 1960 presidential debate)
- Finn Juhl (who created various wood-frame seats and coaches with asymmetrical backs along with the "chieftain" chair in 1949 - a chair which is often placed inside of Danish embassies)
- Aksel Bender Madsen (who designed various furniture items with Ejner Larse, another popular Danish rosewood furniture designer)
- Ole Wanscher (who designed the "Egyptian" stool in 1960)
Notable auction sales
Christie's in London sold:
- A set of four Danish rosewood lounge chairs which were designed by Askel Bender Madsen and Ejner Larsen (circa 1948) for £15,000 in September of 2009.
- A Danish rosewood sofa and chair which were both designed by Finn Juhl in 1953 for £3,500 in December of 2007.
- Two Danish rosewood armchairs which were designed by Ole Wanscher in 1949 for £24,000 in June of 2006.
Christie's in New York sold a Danish rosewood and chromed-plated steel desk which were designed by Bodil Kjaer in 1932 for $11,875 in June of 2010.
Dining tables and chairs
Sotheby's in New York sold Finn Juhl's dining table and six "Egyptian" chairs for $33,600 in June of 2004.
Christie's in New York sold a rosewood and chromed-metal coffee table which was designed by Jens Quistgaard (circa 1960s) for $122,500 in June of 2011.
Sotheby's in New York sold Finn Juhl's "Chieftain" arm chair for $61,000 in March of 2008.
Phillips de Pury & Company in New York, New York sold Arne Jacobsen's "Oxford" chair for $20,000 in December of 2005.
Christie's in New York sold:
- Two Rosewood and chromed-meta armchairs which were designed by Jens Quistgaard (circa 1960s) for $43,750 in June of 2011.
- Two leather upholstered rosewood and chromed-metal armchairs which were designed by Jens Quistgaard (circa 1960s) for $47,500 in June of 2011.
Wright in Chicago, Illinois sold:
- Two of Ole Wanscher's Colonial Danish rosewood armchairs for $6,500 in May of 2010.
- A Danish rosewood Jacob Kjaer armchair for $7,000 in November of 2011.
Christie's in New York sold a Danish rosewood desk which was designed by Ole Wanscher (circa 1960) for $6,000 in July of 2007.
Guide for collectors
Only 100 of Finn Juhl's 1949 "Chieftain" chairs (with leather seats/backs and a tongue-like flap on its wooden arms) are known to exist, thus are considered to be extremely rare and valuable.
Restoration of any Danish rosewood furniture items is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring a Danish rosewood furniture item may decrease its value).
For more information regarding Danish rosewood furniture, visit Scandinavian Mod or DanishDesign-USA.
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