WISHBONE CHAIRS (pair)
CH24 chairs by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son in 1949. Vintage beech Y-chairs, soap-treated and fitted with new woven seats
CH24 – WISHBONE CHAIRS by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1949 – iconic Danish design – two beech Y-chairs, soap-treated and fitted with new woven paper cord seats. In excellent vintage condition!
The CH24 or WISHBONE Chair is by far the most sold chair in the history of Carl Hansen & Søn, and one of the most copied chairs of the modern era – a steam-bent solid hardwood frame with an extremely appealing organic shape and handwoven paper cord seating. This richly detailed chair demands perfect craftsmanship and an intimate knowledge of wood joinery. The steam-bent back legs curve into the armrest and are tapered to join the backrest, the characteristic ‘Y’ or ‘Wishbone’ which in turn joins the armrest with the seating. Seating is comprised of woven paper cord, made from virgin paper twisted and braided in sets of three strings, and woven in what is known as the “Envelope pattern”.
Inspired by portraits of Danish merchants, posing in Chinese Ming Dynasty chairs, Hans J. Wegner designed a small number of chairs, called ‘China Chairs’, characterized by the combined top rails / backrests and armrest fusing into a single piece. The last of these ‘China Chairs’ is the WISHBONE Chair, designed in 1949. It was the first chair designed for mass production (without compromising either quality or the detailed craftsmanship!) and it was the first chair Wegner designed for Danish furniture maker Carl Hansen & Søn.
The chair was put into production by 1950, offered in oak and beech or as lacquered in various colors, and has been produced continuously ever since.
Only few modifications have been made over the years, like adding 2 cm (0.7″) to the legs to accommodate the rising average height or adding new colors to the lacquered range.
Hans J Wegner has set the golden standard for Danish Furniture design in many of his designs, however the WISHBONE Chair or CH24 commands it’s very own place in Modern design history – a simple, light and appealing shape with a very strong, confident expression. It captures the essence of 1950’s modern Danish design – and is still the most popular Wegner chair in the Carl Hansen & Søn product range.
This pair of light, sculptural vintage WISHBONE Chairs will fit anywhere in the home, as dining chairs, as accent chairs or just two exceptional examples of Danish furniture design at its best! They are vintage beech versions, gently restored (deep cleaned and sanded) and finished with 3 soap-treatments. Fitted with new woven paper cord seats (by professional weaver!) – sourced from single owner. Both chairs are in excellent vintage condition with very few signs of usage and age. Worn Carl Hansen & Søn / Danish Furniture makers mark labels underneath one chair. Please see the photos!
- Height: 75 cm | 29.5 inches
- Width: 55 cm | 21.7 inches
- Depth: 51 cm | 20.1 inches
- Seat height: 45 cm | 17.7 inches
- Seat depth: 42 cm |16.5 inches
- Beech, Paper
- Condition – Excellent Vintage Condition - (9/10)
- Very few signs of usage and age. Label on one chair. Please see the photos!
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