I was recently considering bidding on a Hans Wegner Chinese chair in an auction, and did a decent amount of research. I had been aware of the chair(s) for a while, but did not know the story behind it. Although I did not win the auction, I found the background history to be quite interesting, so I thought I'd post my findings here for others who might also be interested . . . and before I forget everything.
First things first, the Wegner Chinese chair is not one chair, but a series of chairs (between 5-7 designs) that were designed starting in the mid 1940's. Most of the designs are well known, and there is a decent amount of information out there in books and online. All of the information doesn't fit together perfectly, so I'll try to include everything with the supporting references. Reference abbreviations are:
(PP) - PP Mobler website and e-mail correspondence
(CH) - Carl Hansen and Son website
(FH) - Fritz Hansen website
(DD) - Danish Design website, which references the book, "Hans J. Wegner. A Nordic Design Icon from Tønder" - 2014
(JB) - "Hans J Wegner" book by Jens Bernsen - 1995
(CO) - "Hans J Wegner" book by Christian Olesen - 2006