Eames Fibreglass Shell Chairs
Eames Fibreglass Shell Chairs are chairs created by the renowned designers Charles and Ray eames.
Brief history and description
The work of Charles and Ray Eames is regarded as hugely influential. Charles Eames was an architect, whilst his wife Ray was a painter; the couple married in 1941 following Eames’ divorce from his first wife. After relocating to California, the couple embarked on a design career together.
Their works include the famous Eames House, considered an architectural marvel by many. Their chair designs, amongst them the Fibreglass shell chair, pioneered the furniture industry in the 1940s’-1950’s. The shell chair was created in collaboration with the Herman Miller Furniture Company, who also distributed the chairs to retailers.
Guide for collectors
Eames famous fibreglass shell chairs have attained classic status, and are still worth a great deal of money at auction, as evidenced by their consistently high sale prices.
Whilst Eames’ chairs are frequently featured in conventional live auctions, it is additionally worth noting that there is a wealth of information for collectors online. Websites such as EamesCollector.com offer extensive information on the work of Charles and Ray Eames, as well as offering links to exhibits and articles related to their endeavours.
The highest price paid for an Eames fibreglass shell chair is $3,360, for a set of eight, sold from Sotheby’s Amsterdam on 23rd November 2006. In a similar price range, a single Eames fibreglass shell chair sold for $3,000, from Rago Arts and Auction Center on 14th February 2009.
For a single Eames fibreglass shell chair, collectors can expect to pay in the region of $50 - $100 although the chairs are frequently sold as sets of two, four, or sometimes even larger numbers, and the price increases accordingly.
The majority of these chairs sold in sets of two or four auction for around $100-500.
The lowest price paid for an Eames fibreglass shell chair is $50, for a single chair auctioned from Eastbourne Auction Rooms on 30th November 2007.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)
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