The original Egg chair was created by the Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen in 1958 for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen.
Jacobsen was commissioned to design every element of the building and its furnishings, right down to the ashtrays and cutlery used in the
hotel restaurant. Just 50 first edition chairs were made for the hotel lobby in ox-hide upholstery. However, the Egg chair went on to have a life of its own as the signature product of the Danish design house Fritz Hansen.
Fashioned in numerous different guises, the fully labelled pair of Egg chairs with a matching ottoman offered at Kamelot Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in Philadelphia included the original upholstery from March 1973. They were removed from a home in upstate New York where they had been since they were new.
Requiring some restoration, the suite was offered with an estimate of $2000-3000 but took $7000 (£5800).
Leading the sale was a French oak sideboard designed by Charles Dudouyt (1885-1946) and made at the La Gentilhommière workshop in Paris. Dudouyt is known for his blend of Modernism with more rustic sensibilities - seen here to full effect in a chunky sideboard that marries Art Deco with the traditional crafts and materials of French vernacular furniture.
Estimated at $2000-3000, it took $7500 (£6200).