Original Hans Wegner Valet Chairs
History & Description
Hans Jørgen Wegner contributed to the international popularity of the Danish Modern movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Wegner’s work is characterised by sleek lines and an emphasis on functionality. However, despite his tendency towards practical designs, Wegner’s work also displayed a huge amount of fun and this is perhaps most noticeable in his Valet chair.
Designed in 1953, the Valet chair featured elements that could hang or store parts of a man’s suit. The chair’s backrest was shaped so that it could be used as a coat hanger, an additional rail was positioned at the edge of the seat in order to hang trousers and other items could be stored in a space underneath the seat.
This fusion between practicality and playful sculptural design is what makes the Valet chair so desirable for furniture collectors.
Guide for collectors
Collectors should look out for Valet chairs that are made of solid pine with an oiled teak seat as these represent the earliest examples. In later years, Valet chairs were subsequently produced in mahogany, elm, oak and cherrywood.
Original Hans Wegner Valet chairs are offered by both national and international auction houses and prices tend to range between $5,000 and $7,500.
Notable auction sales
On December 18th 2004 at Sotheby’s in New York, a Valet chair, Model No. PP250, designed by Hans Wegner, circa 1960s, realised a price of $19,200.
On October 27th 2007 at Rago Modern Auctions LLP in Lambertville, New Jersey, a teak Valet chair, designed by Hans Wegner, realised a price of $13,000.
On October 6th 2009 at Wright in Chicago, Illinois, an oak and teak Valet chair, designed by Hans Wegner, circa 1953, realised a price of $11,500.
On June 13th 2008 at Christie’s in New York, a teak and elm Valet chair, designed by Hans Wegner, realised a price of $10,000.
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