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Monday, April 11, 2011

Will the real Poul Jensen please stand up?

My SIL is negotiating for a Z Chair by Poul Jensen for Selig, and while doing research about that design, I found pictures of another arm chair attributed to Jensen that is like one we have. I also found some side tables attributed to him.

Interestingly, though, I could not find one scrap of information about the designer himself. Instead, I found several discussions online questioning his existence. Could it be that Selig invented a Danish designer name for their chairs, much like the "C. Jere'" name created by Kurt (aka Curtis) Freiler and Jerry Fels for Artisan House?

Research addict that I am, I won't rest easy till I find out.

Our arm chair, marked only "Made in Denmark" but likely a Selig
Arm chair for Selig...like our chair
sit-read.com
Z Chair for Selig
center44.com
Triangular caned occasional table
1stdibs.com
Square caned occasional table
shelterhill.com

17 comments:

  1. If anyone can figure it out, you can Dana!

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  2. @monogirl: Some people would call that obsessive...LOL

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  3. There's nothing wrong with a little obsession. That's one of the main things that gives me drive. I drool every time I see a Z chair.

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  4. The Z chair takes my breath away!

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  5. so cool...waiting to see you figure it out!! i m on the look out too..will tell you if i boil down to something nice to share :)

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  6. Just in case no one else has pointed you in this direction

    http://www.fagasstraps.com/photos.htm

    Proof positive. I also have scans of other period catalog pages with the Poul Jensen attribution in my research archive.

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  7. Love your place here! I just found one of the triangular caned occasional tables in AZ...someone "refinished" the top a bit, but it is still quite beautiful...thanks for identifying it! Where's the best place to sell such a table?

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  8. @JSAZ: Welcome to my blog. I always enjoy hearing from new readers and hope you'll become a regular.

    Send me a photo of it to dana@mid2mod.com and let me know what you want for it. I'll see if my son-in-law might be interested in it, if you'd be willing to ship it.

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  9. I have that exact chair...the first one marked made in Denmark. I threw the cushions away because they were rotten. I found it at a garage sale for a dollar. My husband says its trash. Is it a valuable chair? Should I get it repaired or would someone buy it without cushions? I do not know anything about these chairs I was just buying it because I liked it but my husband keeps telling me to stop buying other peoples trash.

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    1. I have a Poul Jensen Z Chair... they are very valuable. During my last move I was unable to fo the moving myself due to health issues. When they finished I noticed they had lost my Selig Made in Denmark medallion. I have been looking for so long for another medallion. I have kept my chair in excellent condition. It just feels incomplete now. Would you be willing to part with your chair's medallion if you do indeed decide to scrap it?
      Thank you for any consideration in this matter.
      Thank you again
      David Altenburger Sr.
      1730 Johnson Street
      Medford Oregon 97504
      davidaltenburger57@gmail.com

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    2. I have a Poul Jensen Z Chair... they are very valuable. During my last move I was unable to fo the moving myself due to health issues. When they finished I noticed they had lost my Selig Made in Denmark medallion. I have been looking for so long for another medallion. I have kept my chair in excellent condition. It just feels incomplete now. Would you be willing to part with your chair's medallion if you do indeed decide to scrap it?
      Thank you for any consideration in this matter.
      Thank you again
      David Altenburger Sr.
      1730 Johnson Street
      Medford Oregon 97504
      davidaltenburger57@gmail.com

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    3. I have a Poul Jensen Z Chair... they are very valuable. During my last move I was unable to fo the moving myself due to health issues. When they finished I noticed they had lost my Selig Made in Denmark medallion. I have been looking for so long for another medallion. I have kept my chair in excellent condition. It just feels incomplete now. Would you be willing to part with your chair's medallion if you do indeed decide to scrap it?
      Thank you for any consideration in this matter.
      Thank you again
      David Altenburger Sr.
      1730 Johnson Street
      Medford Oregon 97504
      davidaltenburger57@gmail.com

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  11. I have a Poul Jensen Z Chair that I have had for many years. During my last move I was unable to do the lifting and moving myself due to health issues. After the movers delivered my chair I had noticed that the Selig Made in Denmark medallion was missing and just the cutout with clue was remaining. I have tried for years to keep this chair in excellent condition. Now it somehow feels incomplete without the medallion. If there is any way to locate a medallion from a scrap chair I would appreciate the opportunity to purchase one. I thank you far in advance for any assistance you can render.
    Thank you again.
    David Altenburger Sr.
    1730 Johnson Street
    Medford Oregon 97504
    davidaltenburger57@gmail.com

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  12. I have a Poul Jensen Z Chair that I have had for many years. During my last move I was unable to do the lifting and moving myself due to health issues. After the movers delivered my chair I had noticed that the Selig Made in Denmark medallion was missing and just the cutout with clue was remaining. I have tried for years to keep this chair in excellent condition. Now it somehow feels incomplete without the medallion. If there is any way to locate a medallion from a scrap chair I would appreciate the opportunity to purchase one. I thank you far in advance for any assistance you can render.
    Thank you again.
    David Altenburger Sr.
    1730 Johnson Street
    Medford Oregon 97504
    davidaltenburger57@gmail.com

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  13. I have a Poul Jensen Z Chair that I have had for many years. During my last move I was unable to do the lifting and moving myself due to health issues. After the movers delivered my chair I had noticed that the Selig Made in Denmark medallion was missing and just the cutout with clue was remaining. I have tried for years to keep this chair in excellent condition. Now it somehow feels incomplete without the medallion. If there is any way to locate a medallion from a scrap chair I would appreciate the opportunity to purchase one. I thank you far in advance for any assistance you can render.
    Thank you again.
    David Altenburger Sr.
    1730 Johnson Street
    Medford Oregon 97504
    davidaltenburger57@gmail.com

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