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Arne Jacobsen (Danish, 1902–1971)
LOT ID: 53412
Pair of 'Swan' chairs, ie. circa 1960

Seating, Metal, upholstery
32 х 29 х 27 in. (81.28 x 73.66 x 68.58 cm.)
Unsigned, (none)
Lot description
Pair of iconic "Swan" chairs by celebrated Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971).

Born in Copenhagen, Jacobsen is remembered as a founder of the influential Danish Modern style. He began his artistic career studying architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts under the "father" of Danish Functionalism Kay Fisker. Upon completion of his architectural studies, Jacobsen took a trip to Germany, where he was greatly influenced by the work of artists such as Walter Gropius and Mies Van Der Rohe. Shortly after his return, Jacobsen entered a design in a 1929 competition held by the Danish Architect’s Association calling for the “House of the Future.” His winning design, complete with the most up-to-date technological amenities and a sleek aesthetic, earned him widespread recognition as an ultra-modern architect and in 1930, Jacobsen established his own office. After a brief hiatus while on exile in Sweden during World War II, Jacobsen returned to designing in the 1950s with a new fervor and a focus on furniture design.

It was during the following decades that the artist produced such iconic styles as the Ant, Egg, Swan, and 7 Series chairs. Known and admired for their compact and streamlined design, Jacobsen’s chairs show the influence of his architecturally-minded insistence on the importance of proportion in beauty and functionality.

This set of Swan chairs has been beautifully preserved and reupholstered so that their condition matches their timeless design.

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