Earlier this 12 months, Justin Miller of Los Angeles discovered an intriguing chair on Fb Market and determined to take a flyer, shopping for it for $50. The chair turned out to be a uncommon high-back wing chair by a well-known Danish designer. It bought lately for $107,950 (together with premiums) at Sotheby’s.
“I’m not a furnishings skilled by any means,” Miller stated on a TikTok submit when he discovered the chair. “However I’ve a superb eye and I can inform when one thing is absolutely distinctive.”
The unique oak and leather-based chair, which got here from a house in Beverly Hills, Calif., was created by Danish furnishings designer Frits Henningsen. It’s doubtless solely considered one of 50 or so examples identified to have been constructed, in accordance with Sotheby’s, who bought the chair in its “Necessary Design” occasion in June.
Henningsen (1889–1965) was identified for his distinctive craftsmanship and modern strategy to creating lovely furnishings, as epitomized within the current wingback chair. A uncommon and necessary instance of his work, the chair additionally demonstrates the fascinating qualities produced by the furnishings trade of Nineteen Thirties Scandinavia. Presale estimate for the chair was $30,000-$50,000, Sotheby’s stated.
Miller, 33, who usually buys and sells furnishings on-line, was serving to a buddy embellish his home when he noticed the spectacular trying wingback chair on Fb. He didn’t know something about it, solely that it was compelling sufficient to take an opportunity on. Miller drove from Los Angeles to a swanky Beverly Hills house and left with a uncommon Frits Henningsen chair at the back of his truck – and a narrative to final a lifetime.