Pair of Italian Barcelona Style Black Leather Chairs
Unattributed, Jigsaw Frame, circa Mid-20th Century
Item # 1200OWP08
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This is an early pair of Barcelona style chrome-framed chairs, probably circa somewhere around 1950-60. Technically, these are considered reproduction Barcelona chairs, though the design is clearly in close relation to the original chairs by Mies Van Der Rohe (German, b. 1886-1969). The only chairs considered original creations by the designer are the six chairs he brought with him from Germany upon emigration to the United States. The design was later sold to Knoll, at which point the chairs began being impressed and marked - these Knoll chairs are typically what are found being retailed as an "Original" Barcelona chair, and are still excellent collector works.
The pair we have listed are not marked or attributed to any company, though the attention to detail is exceptional. Upholstered in it's original aniline cowhide, the grains and overall character of the thick leather remain in outstanding condition. The chair retains it's original buckles and snaps, the leather straps secured using rivets to the frame, most of the jigsaw joinery covered with straps - we have photographed some that are visible, but have not taken apart the joints to look for serial numbers. The chrome plating has retained it's brilliant finish with a light tarnishing growing across it slowly. One chair has a slight rightward bent to the frame.
This is an outstanding pair offered at a wonderful value for anyone passionate about this classic design.
Measurements: 30 1/2" wide x 30" deep x 30 1/2" high
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