The Various Maker's Marks, Logos, Brands, and Stamps used by Danish Finn Juhl Furniture Makers

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This article is being done to show the various branded marks that were used by licensed Finn Juhl producers in Denmark. The Danish producers include Niels Vodder, Ivan Schlechter, and Niels Roth Andersen. The one licensed USA maker was Baker Furniture, who produced Chieftain Chairs in the 1950's, and then also did a re-issue of the chair in the 1990's.


The two examples above are of the characteristic heat branded mark used by the cabinetshop of Niels Vodder. This mark was used by Vodder for Finn Juhl designs that he produced during the 1950's and into the 1960's. By the mid-1960's tastes in furniture had changed, and sometime after 1965 Niels Vodder closed down production (I do not know the exact date, but it was probably well before the end of that decade). Niels Vodder did the majority of Finn Juhl's most important and technically difficult designs, such as his Chieftain Chair (Høvdingestolen), and the 45 chair.


Bovirke was an early manufacturer of Finn Juhl furniture. They did numerous different designs for chairs, sofas, casegoods, and desks. The images above show two heat branded stamps used by Bovirke.

Ludvig Pontoppidan produced a number of Finn Juhl designs in the 1960's, including his famous folding "Glove" cabinet with the multi-colored drawers.

The four metal badges above are associated with designs that Finn Juhl did in the 1950's and 1960's for France & Daverkosen (later known as France & Son), and finally known as Cado, when the company was purchased by Poul Cadovius, and operated into the 1970's. Well known designs that Finn Juhl did for France & Son include the Japan Chair, Spade Chair, and a popular coffee table and end table set. In addition to designs done by Finn Juhl, France & Son did designs by many other popular Danish designers, including Grete Jalk, Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen, Ole Wanscher, and Arne Vodder.

The heat branded logo above is that of Ivan Schlechter. Sometime in the 1970's, Schlechter acquired the license to produce Finn Juhl's Chieftain Chair design. It is believed that he sub-contracted the wooden frame construction to PP Møbler. Very few Chieftain Chairs appear to have been made during the 1970's when Ivan Schlechter held the license. Possibly as few as 10. This image also shows a brass seat retainer tab, which is very similar to the style used later by Niels Roth Andersen. However, the images I have seen of the brass tabs on Ivan Schlechter chairs seem to show that the ends have a strong semi-circular curve to them. On Niels Roth Andersen tabs, this curve is a quite a bit more subtle.
 

Søren Horn was acquired by Niels Roth Andersen around 1984, and by 1987 he had been licensed to produce a number of Finn Juhl designs, including the Chieftain Chair and the 45 and 48 chairs, amongst others. For perhaps most of this time he used the "SH EFTF Roth Andersen Cabinetmaker" mark. The EFTF stands for "Efterfølger", which means "Successor". While this stamp includes the Søren Horn "SH" logo, it could perhaps more accurately be thought of as a Niels Roth Andersen mark. References appear online citing Søren Horn as a licensed producer of Finn Juhl designs, but it may well be that the actual licensee was Niels Roth Andersen, as the Søren Horn cabinetshop does not ever seem to have produced Finn Juhl designs prior to Niels Roth Andersen taking it over. Additionally, it was Niels Roth Andersen who was directly given permission to produce Finn Juhl designs by Finn Juhl himself.
Niels Roth Andersen also used a Soren Horn mark that did not include his own name underneath. This mark is one that was on a Finn Juhl 45 chair that Niels Roth Andersen made.

Later in his career, Niels Roth Andersen began to use his initials as the logo of his cabinetshop. However, probably the majority of Finn Juhl designs that Niels Roth Andersen produced were done using the prior "SH EFTF" brand mark.
 

In 2001 Hansen & Sørensen were licensed by the Finn Juhl estate to produce Finn Juhl's furniture designs. Initially, they appear to have used a paper label, as seen above. After a short period of time, the company was renamed as OneCollection, which is the name it retains to this day. It has since used a metal badge, similar to the cloisonne badges used by other Danish furniture makers in the past, such as France & Son. OneCollection is the current authorized producer of all of Finn Juhl's designs.
 

While pieces by Finn Juhl are generally believed to always be marked by the maker, especially when it comes to Niels Vodder's production, this has been shown to not always be the case. There are even instances of Niels Vodder Chieftain chairs that were purchased from Den Permanente in Copenhagen in the 1950's which possess all the proper receipt paperwork, yet lack the characteristic heat branded markings for Niels Vodder's workshop. The Chieftain chair and ottoman shown above were purchased in 1955 from Den Permanente, as stated on the receipt that came with the chair. The chair has no Niels Vodder stamp, and bears only an impressed "Denmark" stamp. .
The Den Permanente purchase receipt for the Niels Vodder Chieftain chair and ottoman shown above which have no Niels Vodder branded marking.
Image of the impressed "DENMARK" stamp on the Chieftain chair shown above (the chair lacks the characteristic Niels Vodder branded marking). The presence of a Niels Vodder marking does not guarantee that a chair is genuine, and likewise the lack of a Niels Vodder mark does not necessarily guarantee that it is not by Niels Vodder. However any piece of Finn Juhl's that is believed to be by Niels Vodder must be scrutinized very carefully and all of its details taken into account in order to make an educated conclusion that the piece is either genuine or a forgery.
Copyright 2016 Thomas Penrose