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What is this?

Formed as a slatted back rest fanning out with spindles that resemble peacock feathers framed by a rounded crest rail ending in a rope cord seat. The legs of the chair splay out slightly and are connected by a stretcher. Below the seat, two sticks rise up and are continued above by the arm support, where these two elements meet at an acute angle through the arm rests.

Why is this in our collection?

Danish furniture designer Hans J. Wegner’s Peacock chair is a highly representative and influential work in the Danish modern style of minimalist wood furniture. The style began in the 1940s and was based on pure lines, an understanding of classical furniture craftsmanship, and an emphasis on natural materials and the proportions and requirements of the human body. Danish modern was quite fashionable among cosmopolitan Americans in the 1950s and 60s. Though of a thoroughly modern design, the Peacock chair is not without historical references, namely that of the Windsor chair, which dates to 18th-century England. Most notably, Wegner’s updated version incorporates the basic shape and traditional back of... more

This is a armchair from Denmark. It is dated 1950s and we acquired it in 2011. From the collection of Jon N. Streep, given in his memory.

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Its medium is

solid ash, rope cord, and teak

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 109 x 77 x 54 cm (42 15/16 x 30 5/16 x 21 1/4 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamped on underside of seat: "JOHANNES HANSEN COPENHAGEN DENMARK"

This object has been tagged:

This object was manufactured by PP Møbler and Johannes Hansen Møbelsnedkeri A/S and designed by Hans J. Wegner

This object was donated by Paul L. Herring

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Peacock Armchair, 1950s |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=28 July 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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