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The curious case of the two Fredericia Furnitures: Stolefabrik and Møbelfabrik  

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leif ericson - Zephyr Renner
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08/12/2015 1:53 am  

I recently was asked about this dresser, which I'd never seen before, but apparently specimens are readily visible on the internet, and generally credited to Børge Mogensen for Fredericia.
Well obviously it is NOT Børge Mogensen for Fredericia Stolefabrk, which company still exists as Fredericia Furniture. But that is an odd misattribution, as it is so clearly wrong.


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leif ericson - Zephyr Renner
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08/12/2015 1:58 am  

So I went looking and found the tag on the back of one of these. Definitely not the logo that I know for Fredericia Stolefabrik/Furniture



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leif ericson - Zephyr Renner
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08/12/2015 2:03 am  

How bizarre. So let's take a look at the Danish Furniture Index. Maybe it will explain something. And there is a long low dresser with the same handles, and listed as made by "Fredericia Furniture." Odd.



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leif ericson - Zephyr Renner
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08/12/2015 2:04 am  

And here is how a very famous Fredericia Stolefabrik piece (Mogensen's Spanish Chair) is listed in the Danish Furniture Index. It is the same apparent manufacturer.


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leif ericson - Zephyr Renner
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08/12/2015 2:06 am  

But this can NOT be right. So let's do some more digging.
And here on danish-modern.co.uk is an advert for Fredericia Møbelfabrik,



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08/12/2015 2:12 am  

What a pleasure: serious scholarship about some really lovely pieces ! Don't stop now, Leif, please.
SDR


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leif ericson - Zephyr Renner
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08/12/2015 2:13 am  

Finally something that makes a little sense.
Fredericia Møbelfabrik could certainly have a logo with "FM" and even better it lists the company as G.H. Jørgensen and Søn in January of 1956.
Fredericia Stolefabrik, in 1955, was in bankruptcy, and owned by the Ravnsø family (not Jørgensen), and was making "outdated antique furniture" furniture. And in 1955 it was purchased by Andreas Graversen, and to this day remains in the Graversen family. These facts can easily be verified on Fredericia Furniture's website. Graversen was the one who brought Børge Mogensen on board to design a new modern line for the company.


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leif ericson - Zephyr Renner
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08/12/2015 2:16 am  

So there are TWO DIFFERENT companies combined on the Danish Furniture Index as Fredericia Furniture.
We all know the products of Fredericia Stolefabrik/Fredericia Furniture.
Here is an imcomplete listing of the furniture made by Fredericia Møbelfabrik and designed by Ib Kofod Larsen or Henning Jørgensen (very likely he is the H. G. Jørgensen in the name, or perhaps he is the son or some other family member).


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08/12/2015 2:24 am  

Called on the shag carpet!
yup,
Aunt Mark
I'd trust leif to do all of my homework. I would. He has brain power. Yes.


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leif ericson - Zephyr Renner
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08/12/2015 7:26 am  

That is very kind of you to say Auntie. I would be honored to do your homework.
And this is courtesy of Jesgord. He is the one I go to when I need someone to do my homework. Nicely ties Fredericia Møbelfabrik to the "FM in a triangle" logo.


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staceyneil
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12/03/2016 10:24 pm  

Hi guys,
I have a set of dressers by Henning Jørgensen for Fredericia Møbelfabrik. They are really lovely!
Stacey


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08/09/2016 4:53 pm  

Hi. Please let me make clear the story about the two "Fredericia"'s. Originally there were two manufactureres Fredericia Stolefabrik and Fredericia Møbelfabrik which were both located in the town of Fredericia in Denmark. Andreas Graversen of Fredericia Stolefabrik - in the 1970's I think - bought Fredericia Møbelfabrik in order to make sure no one would mistake the two names.
Henning Jørgensen of Fredericia Møbelfabrik was a very skilled cabinet-maker and he continued to work as a for Graversen's Fredericia Stolefabrik, after he had sold his own compay to Graversen.
A funny curiosum is that the son of Henning Jørgensen became the sweetheart of Andreas Graversen's daughter and they went on and got married. So in that way not only the two manufactureres, but also the two families merged.
In 1995 Fredericia Stolefabrik (which had also previously been known under the name Fredericia Stole- og Polstermøbelfabrik), changed its name to Fredericia Furniture A/S - so obviously there is a mistake in the Furnitureindex files.
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Rasmus Graversen
Fredericia Furniture A/S


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08/09/2016 5:01 pm  

Thank you so much for sharing this information!
-Stacey


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leif ericson - Zephyr Renner
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08/09/2016 5:24 pm  

Thank you! It is great to learn the rest of the story.


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24/01/2022 12:00 pm  
 
Hello, does anyone have an idea who produced this cabinet and when? does anyone have a catalog or a picture of it?
I don't think it's by Borge Mogensen or Jorgen Berg but definitely by Fredericia Mobelfabrik. It has the small blue triangular logo with FM.
Thank you for your help!
 
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