Original Arne Jacobsen Egg Chairs



2015-06-26 10:42:51

Original Arne Jacobsen Egg Chairs are chairs designed by the Danish architect and interior designer Arne Emil Jacobsen.

History & Description

The Egg chair was produced for the Radisson SAS hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1958. The chair utilised a number of Jacobsen’s idiosyncratic techniques, including the use of simple forms, sleek lines and state-of-the-art materials.

Eero Saarinen’s Womb chair, designed in 1948, is widely credited as Jacobsen’s inspiration. And while the Egg chair does share similar traits to the Womb chair, in many ways the Egg is a more accomplished and mature design.

Both Jacobsen and Saarinen were prominent figures of the Danish Modern style of design that thrived in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

Guide for collectors

While Jacobsen’s Egg chair has been replicated and duplicated by numerous imitators, original Egg chairs that were manufactured by Republic of Fritz Hansen are quite rare. One of the reasons for the Egg’s limited production is down to a design flaw, in which the chair’s surface is actually too large to be covered by two entire cow-hides.

While this is not a problem for future fabric versions, the original leather chairs have a very noticeable and “un-modernist” stitching down the middle of the chair.

When sold through auction original Arne Jacobsen Egg chairs tend to sell between $4,000 and $10,000.

Notable auction sales

On June 26th 2007 at Christie’s in London, a pair of early production Arne Jacobsen Egg chairs, circa 1960, realised a price of £30,000.

On June 14th 2008 at Sotheby’s in New York, an original leather Arne Jacobsen Egg chair and ottoman, circa 1958, realised a price of $18,750.

On March 24th 2007 at Phillips de Pury & Company in New York, an early Arne Jacobsen Egg chair, circa 1958, realised a price of $15,000.

On July 2nd 2009 at Wright in Chicago, Illinois, an early Arne Jacobsen Egg chair, circa 1958, realised a price of $19,000.

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