Vintage Arne Jacobsen Chairs
Vintage Arne Jacobsen Chairs are pieces of original furniture created by the Danish designer Arne Jacobsen.
Brief history and description
Arne Jacobsen was born on February 11th, 1902 and died on March 24th, 1971. Jacobsen is best known for being the Danish designer and architecture who designed various ground-breaking chair designs (now known as the Arne Jacobsen chair series) which became increasingly popular during the 1950s.
Jacobsen also designed numerous different lamps and light fixtures with Louis Poulsen as well as Flatware cutlery and a Cylinda Line cocktail kit.
Some of the many styles of Arne Jacobsen chairs include the "Ant" chair, the "Series 7" chairs, the "Swan" chair, the "Egg" chair, the "Lily" armchair, the "Pot" chair and the "Giraffe" chair.
Arne Jacobsen "Egg" chairs typically sell for between $2,000 and $6,000 at auctions, but if the chair is sold with a matching Ottoman they can fetch for as much as $7,000 or $8,000 at auctions.
Arne Jacobsen "Giraffe" chairs are worth between $6,000 and $7,000, while Arne Jacobsen "Swan" chairs are worth between $7,000 and $9,500.
However, there have been cases of rare Arne Jacobsen chairs selling for much higher prices at auctions:
Phillips de Pury & Company in New York, New York sold:
- A rare, leather and copper-plated steel Arne Jacobsen "Drop" chair which was manufactured by Fritz Hansen (circa 1958) for $30,000 in December of 2010.
- A rare form-pressed veneered oak and moulded plywood Arne Jacobsen "Oxford" chair (circa 1961) for $20,000 in December of 2005.
Sotheby'sin New York sold another Arne Jacobsen "Drop" chair for $39,000 in June of 2005, and Christie's in New York sold an Arne Jacobsen's "Ox" chair for $29,800 in September of 2007.
Guide for collectors
Vintage Arne Jacobsen chairs such as the "Drop" chair, the "Oxford" chair, or the "Egg" chair (with matching Ottoman) are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors.
Restoration of a vintage Arne Jacobsen chair is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring a vintage Arne Jacobsen chair may reduce its value).
For more information regarding vintage Arne Jacobsen chairs, visit Scandinavian Design Inc. or the Design Museum.
(Values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)
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