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A Sofa for the Boss – an early Arne Jacobsen Design up for Auction

Press release   •   May 20, 2019 10:27 UTC

Arne Jacobsen’s rare freestanding three-seater "Novo" sofa. Estimate: DKK 400,000-600,000/€ 53,000-80,000. The large Axel Salto stoneware vase is estimated at DKK 700,000-800,000/€ 94,000-105.000.

Discover an early furniture design by the architect Arne Jacobsen. A rare sofa from the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk will be up for auction on 4 June at Bruun Rasmussen’s Live Auction.

Arne Jacobsen (1902-71) is best known for his designs from the 1950s, where he delivered one immortal classic after the other - the "Ant", “Egg” and "Swan" chairs to name just a few. At this auction, we shed light on his early years as a furniture designer with an extremely rare overstuffed mahogany sofa in patinated natural leather. Only two examples of the sofa are known to exist.

The sofa dates from 1935 – a decade where Jacobsen designed functionalist buildings such as "Bellevista" in Klampenborg and City Hall in Aarhus. In 1934, he was given the assignment to create a modern factory plant for Novo Nordisk. It was in connection with this project that Jacobsen designed the sofa by special order for the building's head offices.

View all the design lots up for auction

Auction:Tuesday 4 June at 5pm at Bredgade 33 in Copenhagen

Preview:23-27 May at the same address

Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers is one of Scandinavia’s leading international auction houses, and one of Denmark’s oldest. It all started on 6 October 1948, when Arne Bruun Rasmussen conducted the first traditional auction in the saleroom at Bredgade 33 in Copenhagen. Today, Jesper Bruun Rasmussen stands at the helm of the family-run business together with the third generation of the family, his son Frederik and daughter Alexa, and the company’s CEO Jakob Dupont.

In 2004, the first online auction was launched, and today the auction house has expanded to include departments in Copenhagen and Aarhus and representations in Sweden, Germany, England, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Spain, Italy, Thailand and the US. About 100,000 lots are put up for auction each year at the traditional auctions, the daily online auctions and - the latest edition - direct auctions. Here you can bid on everything from art, antiques, modern design and jewellery to books, coins, stamps, wine and weaponry.