The event was hosted by Brunn Rasmussen Auctioneers (a family-owned Copenhagen based auction house) as a precursor to the forthcoming International Auction (December 3rd, 2014) celebrating 100 Years of Hans Wegner.
On display were some beautifully selected and rare pieces to whet the appetite - that they definitely did. Wegner’s furniture is timeless and elegant with its very sculptural lines and beautiful joinery. The master himself said ‘Whatever you make, it is never final’. He would return to similar themes over and over again and he viewed errors as part of the creative process.
There was an interesting panel discussion of art historians and collectors (including our own Judith Gura) expressing their views and expansive knowledge on Scandinavian Design (and specifically Wegner’s), why it is ageless and interesting information on the Mid Century Danish furniture industry.
Here are some shots of some of the rare pieces on display – some only ever had 8 pieces made worldwide, such as the Dolphin Chair model below. The auction catalog we all received is like a coffee table book that features many of the original pieces.
Oak Deck Chair: 40,000 - 53,500 euro
Swivel Chair: 13,500 - 20,000 euro
Freestanding Solid Teak Desk: 20,000 euro
This was a great networking opportunity, at a brilliant venue overlooking the Hudson and another interesting learning experience. It reinforced my love of everything mid century.
- Pete Agnew