'Pelican' Chair | Phillips

Phillips-'Pelican' Chair

Estimated value: 45.000-50.000 US$

21-20th Century Design Art

Sales date: 2002-11-19

New York

Lot number: 168


Finn Juhl
Manufacturer Niels Vodder

Architonic id


This rare chair's name comes from its resemblance to a pelican with outspread wings. To date, only four are known to have been made: A pair in black leather, one of which recently sold at Brunn Rasmussen June 18-20, 2002, lot 510, the other in a private collection; our example; and a fourth, whose whereabouts are unknown. Our example and the fourth are possibly the two from the Cabinetmaker's Guild exhibition of 1940, which were re-upholstered in the fifties.

Maple and fabric
28 in. (71 cm) high

Private Danish Collection
Private Japanese Collection

Charlotte and Peter Fiell, eds., 1000 Chairs, Cologne, 2000, p. 285
Noritsugu Oda, Danish Chairs, Kyoto, 1996, p. 85
Patricia Yamada, Finn Juhl Memorial Exhibition, exh. cat., Osaka, 1990, pp. 38-39

Esbjorn Hiort, Finn Juhl Furniture, Architecture, Applied Art, Copenhagen, 1990, p. 30

Finn Juhl Memorial Exhibition, Osaka, 1990

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