Selig Z Chairs
Selig Z chairs were produced by the Danish furniture manufacturer Selig in the 1950s.
History & Description
Founded in 1931, the Selig furniture company epitomised the simple, elegant and airy forms typical of post-war Danish furniture design and the Selig Z chair is perhaps the company’s most well-known model.
The design of the Selig Z chair is often attributed to three Danish furniture designers, Finn Juhl, Poul Jensen and Ib Kofod Larsen. The Selig Z chairs were typified by their sweeping lines and were built of very high quality wood. As a result, Selig Z chairs are excellent examples of vintage Danish design and many are still available in useable condition.
Guide for collectors
Selig Z chairs are very collectible items of furniture. However, they are also quite rare and very rarely feature at international auction houses, such as Sotheby’s and Bonhams. Collectors are more likely to purchase Selig Z chairs from online bidding sites, such as Yahoo and eBay.
For example, in February 2012, eBay advertised over fifty types of Selig Z chairs. Prices ranged from $500 to $1,500. Furthermore, Selig Z chairs can also be purchased from the following online sources; Liveauctioneers.com and 1stdibs.com.
The price of a Selig Z chair depends on the item’s condition, age and materials used. Selig Z chairs were made from walnut, stained beech and teak. As a general rule, Selig Z chairs made of walnut are the most valuable.
Collectors should be wary when purchasing supposedly authentic Selig Z chairs, particularly from either online bidding sites or antique shops and garage sales, as there are a number of contemporary reproductions of the Selig Z chair design that are produced in the United States, Europe and Japan.
While it can always be difficult to discern an antiques authenticity, prospective buyers should try to gather as much information from the seller or attempt to locate the Selig trademark on the chair itself. A couple of examples of present companies that manufacture copies of the original Selig Z chair are Christiansen & Larsen and Eisenhower.
Additionally, counterfeit or knock-off copies of Selig Z chairs are known to have bolts and screws that are visible on the outside.
Notable auction sales
In January 2012, a pair of Danish modern Selig Z chairs, designed by Poul Jensen, circa 1950s, was sold through Liveauctioneers.com for $1,100. The chairs were made of dark hardwood and were equipped with their original cushions.
On January 16th 2012, a Danish modern Selig Z chair, designed by Poul Jensen in the 1950s and made from walnut, was sold on eBay for $1,650.
On January 8th 2012, a Danish modern Selig Z chair, designed by Ib Kofod Larsen and made from beech wood with a walnut finish, was sold on eBay for $610.
On January 26th 2012, a Danish modern Selig Z chair, designed in the 1950s by Poul Jensen, was sold on eBay for $421.78.
In October 2011, a pair of teak Selig Z chairs, designed by Poul Jensen in the mid-twentieth century, realised a price of $688 through Bonhams, California.