Published: September 16, 2003
Starting on September 25, collector and interior designer Vance Trimble will present a selection from his collection of Danish modern master furniture at the galleries of fine art dealers Dickinson. The exhibition will focus on the career of master furniture designer Ole Wanscher.
Wanscher, almost unknown in the United States, has long been considered a master furniture designer in his native Denmark. Over the last few years, a handful of American collectors and dealers have discovered his work. This exhibition, on view through October 10, will present many of his masterworks to the American viewer for the first time.
Wanscher, 1903-1985, studied under Professor Kaare Klint (the father of Danish modern furniture design). In 1929 he marked the beginning of a long career as professional writer (The History of the Art of Furniture, 1946, and Five Thousand Years of Furniture, 1966) a professor (Royal Danish Academy Fine Arts 1955-73, a member of the Fellows of the Royal Academy 1963-68 and of the Academy 1968) and, most important, as one of Denmark’s greatest furniture designers.
Wanscher showed his work beginning in 1933 at the annual Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibitions. They had begun in 1927 and became a laboratory for cooperation between master cabinetmakers and master furniture designers. His collaboration with master cabinetmakers included Rud Rasmussen, Jacob Kjaer an most significantly, A.J. Iversen. His designs were exhibited and highly praised for three decades until the Guild Exhibitions ended in 1966.
Included in this exhibition is a mahogany armchair with horsehair upholstery that was first shown at the annual Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition of 1961. This chair is exceptional for its sculpted, lightweight and minimal wooden frame.
The exhibition will include a wide range of Wanscher’s furniture, including a number of rare and iconic chairs, desks and furniture for storage by the most important master cabinetmaker of the era, A.J. Iverson. Also included in the exhibition will be a selection of works by other Danish modern masters, including Poul Kjaerholm, Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, Poul Henningsen and Kaare Klint.
Dickinson is at 19 East 66th Street. For information, 212-674-9334 or olewanscher.com.
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