Authentic Egg Chair: How To Tell It’s Not a Fake

So you think you found a great deal on a Jacobsen Egg Chair? Think again. If the price is too good to be true, chances are the chair is not good enough to be true.

There are a lot of counterfeit Jacobsen Egg Chairs out there. Luckily, the Republic of Fritz Hansen has made it relatively easy to tell fake Egg Chairs from authentic Jacobsen Egg Chairs. If you ever find a fake one, be sure to email Fritz Hansen at: counterfeit@fritzhansen.com

Here are a few things to look out for:

The Obvious

Sometimes you’ll know immediately it’s a fake. The authentic Egg Chair is sleek, contoured and flawless. The base should have four prongs. No more. No less. Unfortunately the vast majority of knock-offs are only available online, and disreputable shops use legitimate images to advertise their counterfeit Egg Chairs.

So if you buy online and you’re suspicious of a fake, insist that they send images of all the below features, or just avoid the trouble altogether, and buy an authentic Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair.

Label

Republic of Fritz Hansen products (including the Egg Chair) manufactured after 2006 features a label as a sign of authenticity. Egg Chairs produced before 2010 have a red tag, while those produced after 2010 feature a brown tag. Look for the Republic of Fritz Hansen logo, as well as the year of manufacture.

Brown Fritz Hansen Label

If you don’t see a label, remember that it could be an older model. So look under the base; if it’s a real Egg Chair, you should find a serial number and name there.

Stitching

The craftsmanship of an Egg Chair is impeccable. There should be no folds, no creases, no wrinkles. There should be no joins or stitching on the front of the chair, except for on the seat pad. Try pinching the chair. If you can pinch any fabric, it’s not a real Egg Chair.

Also examine the nature of the stitching along the sides of the Egg Chair. Look for a “wave effect.”

Wave stitching on the Egg Chair

If it’s a Leather Egg Chair, there should only be two pieces of leather joined at the sides. If you see any other stitches = fake.

Leather Egg Chairs

Recliner / Rotation

Cheap knock-offs have an equally as cheap lever for reclining. If it has a lever, make sure you can control exactly how much you want to recline. Real Egg Chairs give you precise control over how much you want to recline (you can see the recliner lever in the image above, lower left). It is made of solid stainless steel.

Older versions of the Egg Chair may not recline and modern Egg Chairs that are equipped with an auto return do not recline.

Dimensions

Take out the tape measure and make sure they match these specifications:

Total height: 107 cm (42.1 in)
Seat height: 37cm (14.6 in)
Width: 86 cm (33.9 in)
Depth – Upright: 79 cm (31.1 in)
Depth – Reclined: 95 cm (37.4 in)


Again the best way to avoid getting burned, is to buy a certified authentic Jacobsen Egg Chair.

Thank you Findmetheoriginal.com for their insightful video:

Authentic Egg Chair: How To Tell It’s Not a Fake

28 thoughts on “Authentic Egg Chair: How To Tell It’s Not a Fake

  • August 3, 2011 at 9:20 am
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    Excellent explanation and video! All potential customers should know this before buying any product.

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  • February 10, 2013 at 4:07 pm
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    Good info, but mine is an original from Denmark….from the 60’s. I grew up with this chair and it doesn’t recline at all.

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    • February 20, 2013 at 6:33 am
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      Hey Tracy, this article concerns the modern incarnation of the Egg Chair. We will contact Fritz Hansen to find out about the original and it’s tilt abilities, and then update this article accordingly. Thanks for pointing it out!

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      • July 18, 2015 at 2:08 pm
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        I recently purchased a chair with all the correct labels and engravings along with serial numbers and it does not recline or have the lever. It does have the automatic return feature

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        • July 27, 2015 at 7:12 pm
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          Hi Mary. I will double-check with Fritz Hansen, but I believe that the automatic return version of the chair does not have the recline feature. So it sounds like you have the real deal. Thanks!

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    • September 5, 2016 at 3:05 am
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      I grew up with the Danish design egg chair as well it’s 60 years old

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  • February 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm
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    Very good video! My black leather Egg Chair is also from 60’s and it is very clean and in good shape. In bottom reads Manufactured in Denmark 0963 by Fritz Hansen.
    I’d like to know is it possible that original Egg Chair was manufactured also in false leather on early 60’s?

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  • March 2, 2013 at 3:14 am
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    Hi
    I own a limited edition swan chair for the 50th anniversary – it’s got a lot of paperwork and security protection to tell me it’s genuine
    I was looking to buy a vintage Egg and what a minefield! Most of the ones I go for have no paperwork – that doesn’t necessarily make me suspicious but actually knowing I’m getting the real thing is almost impossible
    FH’s own counterfeit email service seems reluctant to reply if I throw serial numbers at them
    Anyhow I’m hoping someone can help
    I am looking at a 1979 model in good condition – base is stamped XXXX-XX-XX number format and also FH and also Made in Denmark
    Anyone any ideas whether this sounds like an original base or chair?
    Oh and if anyone knows a good source in the UK for secondhand leather Egg chairs – white ideally but other colours too I’d be more than grateful
    David

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    • May 10, 2014 at 2:59 pm
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      Hi David
      I have an original white wool egg chair not leather if your interested at all. I am ill and have decided to sell it. It was bought in copenhagen in either 1959 or 1960. My parents were station there and bought it during an event introducing them. They brought it back to Canada in 1961. I dont have any papers but it is an original. I can show you proof if your interested. Thanks have a good day Julie

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      • January 20, 2015 at 9:33 am
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        Hi Julie

        This is probably a too late email but I was wondering if you still have your white wool egg chair and might be interested in selling it. I hope you are feeling better too. Have a good day, Silvia

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    • May 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm
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      Am I replying way to late. I do have an original egg. However it’from the early sixties. If you still want to discuss any details fell free to call at 646-831-8005. I’m not a dealer, just trying to sell some things and move on.

      Mark

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    • October 28, 2016 at 8:24 am
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      I have a black lather egg chair that my parents bought in 1964. It has lost the cushion. It has one seam unsewn about 4 inches. It needs some tlc.

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  • May 26, 2013 at 5:58 pm
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    Why does no one fight agains product piracy from China?
    The egg chair is (c)copyright protected design. Why does no one fight
    to close all the European Internet shops selling counterfeits?

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  • October 10, 2013 at 11:06 am
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    i have an original arme jacobsen egg chair, bought in denmark, which I want to sell . They all need recovering. I live in the middle of france. Anyone interested?

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  • March 3, 2014 at 10:56 am
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    I have an original much loved but also much worn egg chair from the 60’s. Can anyone tell me a) how much to insure it for on the house insurance and b) where to go to get it recovered by someone who knows what they’re doing and will do it to the same high standard of the original?

    Thanks
    Catherine

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  • April 30, 2014 at 8:00 am
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    I have a White Wool Egg Chair believed to be original. Very Clean with one small spot that looks like it would come right out. Has Tilt and lever. Very Nice piece. In Michigan if someone is interested.

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    • January 20, 2015 at 9:49 am
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      Hi

      I am interested, if this email isn’t too late. I can send you my email if you are still interested in selling and might be able to send me some pictures. Thank you and have a happy day. Sivia

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  • January 10, 2015 at 5:41 pm
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    I have an egg chair that needs to be re-upholstered, can you recommend anyone for this task?

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  • February 3, 2015 at 4:08 am
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    I still have a 1960’s authentic arne jac3bsen egg chair – in turquoise wool, which needs reupholstering. Also 3 small chairs (which look more like eggs actually) bought at the same time.probably also by arne jacobsen, which can also do with reupholstering. any offers welcome.

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  • March 25, 2015 at 2:03 pm
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    I have an original 1967 neon green wool egg chair. Stickers and stamps at base and chair. Should be re upholstered. Moving, best offer. Located in Ft Lauderdale
    twcorn @ Hotmail .com

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  • July 19, 2016 at 3:37 pm
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    Does anyone have an Egg Chair pattern for sale to reupholster my old chair?

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  • November 16, 2016 at 8:51 am
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    Hi I would like to address another visual design cue that could help authenticate a Real Egg Chair, Face the Chair and squat down slightly until you are eye level with the the two “horns” A Real Egg Chair is asymmetrical, one horn should be slightly higher than the other. This is a very subtle and most people, even experts are not aware of this.

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  • January 16, 2017 at 2:07 pm
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    hello, I’m looking for a egg chair in leather. I’m in brussels belgium i can travel to pick up. will consider other eggs or swan chairs thank you

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