Vintage Bertoia Diamond Chairs

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2015-06-26 10:31:11

Vintage Bertoia Diamond Chairs are original chairs produced by the Italian furniture designer Harry Bertoia.

Brief history and description

Harry Bertoia was a notable sculptor and furniture designer from San Lorenzo, Italy, and his influential Diamond chairs are considered to be the most famous design of Bertoia's furniture collection.

Bertoia's Diamond chairs were first introduced during the 1950s, and have a signature diamond shape due to their welded steel frames, and can come in a variety of finishes such as polished or satin chrome.

Thanks to his unique and influential designs, Bertoia was awarded with the "Designer of the Year" award in 1955, and also received a Certification of Merit from the American Institute of Architects.

Guide for collectors

If a Bertoia Diamond chair still features its original taught covering, it is considered to be more rare and valuable. Pairs of Bertoia's chairs are considered to be more valuable, but not necessarily the most rare.

Restoration of a vintage Bertoia Diamond chair is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a vintage Bertoia Diamond chair may decrease its value.

For more information regarding vintage Bertoia Diamond chairs, visit Knoll's official website or Bertoia Chairs.

Value

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd. in Hillsborough, North Carolina sold a pair of Bertoia Diamond chairs, each with their original orange-yellow taught coverings for $1,000 in June of 2011.

Ivey-Selkirk Auctioneers in St. Louis, MO sold a pair of chrome wirework Diamond chairs with black vinyl cushions for $50 in November of 2011, and B.S. Slosberg, Inc. Auctioneers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold a wire Bertoia Diamond chair for $60 in March of 2011.

Freeman's in Philadelphia sold a blue upholstered Bertoia Diamond wire chair for $300 in May of 2005, and Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Illinois sold a yellow upholstered Bertoia Diamond chair for $200 in February of 2010.

Rose Hill Auction Gallery in Englewood, New Jersey sold three white wired Harry Bertoia Diamond chairs with black bases for $450 in January of 2005.

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