Last Sunday my wife and I were on our way to the Echo Park Lotus Festival when we came across a yard sale sign. Our route took an immediate detour. As soon we parked the care I spotted the back of something familiar. It was an Arne Jacobsen Egg chair designed for Fritz Hansen. I’m not an expert on Jacobsen’s designs but the chair seemed to have all the right stuff. The shape looked good, the stitching had the right zigzag from being shown by hand and the cracks and rips on the brown leather upholstery unmasked the fiberglass frame beneath… However, there weren’t any markings of the maker. And I personally am not familiar with Fritz Hansen markings so I called my expert “Bill”. I sent him photos of the chair but not close-up photos of the legs. We were both perplexed with the lack of a makers mark on the aluminum legs. And weren’t sure of its authenticity. So I decided to leave behind my contact info and walk away.
I still haven’t heard back from the seller.
The chair was only $250. I thought that if it were authentic it could be worth $5,000 -$8,000. Just based on what I’ve seen. Yesterday I did a little research online. My discovery made me want to kick myself. An early Arne Jacobsen/ Fritz Hansen Egg Chairs Can sell for as much as $12,000 and in some cases up to $19,000.
But… Is this chair real?