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Two (2) Hans Olsen King Frederik VII Danish Teak Library Chairs by M.J. Rasmussen

Two (2) Hans Olsen King Frederik VII Danish Teak Library Chairs by M.J. Rasmussen

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: teak, brass, black vinyl
  • Favourited by: 9 people
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Description

Hans Olsen was a prolific designer of Danish Modern furniture, and worked with a number of cabinetmakers and furniture factories. This "Frederik VII" chair (also known as a library chair, writing chair, reading chair, and, believe-it-or-not, a cockfighting chair) was an interesting collaboration with the cabinetmaker, M.J. Rasmussen.

As the story goes, King Frederik VII of Denmark commissioned a backwards chair design in the 1800's, since it was his preferred position for reading. Using the Rosenborg Castle chair as a starting point, Olsen created a modern minimalist interpretation of this design in 1964. The resulting chair with cross rails for the seat is flexible enough to sit in either forwards, backwards or sideways, with an individual desktop that can be raised or dropped as needed. As vintage documentation shows, the chairs could also be configured with larger table tops into a group of 4 for playing cards, or a group of six for larger gatherings.

The teak frames of both chairs are in excellent shape, for both structure and finish. There are some light marks, scratches, and nicks that is to be expected on vintage furniture. The removable drop-leaf desktops are also in good shape, with a small wood repair to the bottom lip corner of one of them. The teak has been recently cleaned and oiled to highlight the warm patina that has developed over the years. Brass rod "wishbone" brackets support the desks in two raised positions.

The black leather-like vinyl upholstery is original and in very good condition. There is a repair for a small 1/4" long tear in one of the padded armrests.

Dimensions with the leaf down is: 19" wide x 19" deep x 28" tall. They are both branded with Moreddi, a California-based importer of Danish furniture.

A Dec 1964 Mobilia article provides excellent information and images for the Frederik VII chair and its history, including being awarded the American Annual International Design prize. Outside of this vintage documentation, this is only pair that can be found online. They would make a stunning addition to any Danish Modern collection. The chairs will only be sold as a set.

If you are interested in buying these chairs, please let me know and I can send additional closeup photos that will give you a better understanding of their condition, including the issues stated above. It is always best for both buyer and seller to clear up any condition questions before items are purchased, especially when the buyer cannot view the pieces firsthand.

Shipping price is a a placeholder estimate for uShip white glove shipping. Please contact me about an exact shipping quote before buying. Alternately, buyers are certainly welcome to arrange their own shipping, and I will do my best to work with your shipper. Local pickup is always welcome.
Hans Olsen was a prolific designer of Danish Modern furniture, and worked with a number of cabinetmakers and furniture factories. This "Frederik VII" chair (also known as a library chair, writing chair, reading chair, and, believe-it-or-not, a cockfighting chair) was an interesting collaboration with the cabinetmaker, M.J. Rasmussen.

As the story goes, King Frederik VII of Denmark commissioned a backwards chair design in the 1800's, since it was his preferred position for reading. Using the Rosenborg Castle chair as a starting point, Olsen created a modern minimalist interpretation of this design in 1964. The resulting chair with cross rails for the seat is flexible enough to sit in either forwards, backwards or sideways, with an individual desktop that can be raised or dropped as needed. As vintage documentation shows, the chairs could also be configured with larger table tops into a group of 4 for playing cards, or a group of six for larger gatherings.

The teak frames of both chairs are in excellent shape, for both structure and finish. There are some light marks, scratches, and nicks that is to be expected on vintage furniture. The removable drop-leaf desktops are also in good shape, with a small wood repair to the bottom lip corner of one of them. The teak has been recently cleaned and oiled to highlight the warm patina that has developed over the years. Brass rod "wishbone" brackets support the desks in two raised positions.

The black leather-like vinyl upholstery is original and in very good condition. There is a repair for a small 1/4" long tear in one of the padded armrests.

Dimensions with the leaf down is: 19" wide x 19" deep x 28" tall. They are both branded with Moreddi, a California-based importer of Danish furniture.

A Dec 1964 Mobilia article provides excellent information and images for the Frederik VII chair and its history, including being awarded the American Annual International Design prize. Outside of this vintage documentation, this is only pair that can be found online. They would make a stunning addition to any Danish Modern collection. The chairs will only be sold as a set.

If you are interested in buying these chairs, please let me know and I can send additional closeup photos that will give you a better understanding of their condition, including the issues stated above. It is always best for both buyer and seller to clear up any condition questions before items are purchased, especially when the buyer cannot view the pieces firsthand.

Shipping price is a a placeholder estimate for uShip white glove shipping. Please contact me about an exact shipping quote before buying. Alternately, buyers are certainly welcome to arrange their own shipping, and I will do my best to work with your shipper. Local pickup is always welcome.

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