Vintage Marcel Breuer Chairs

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2015-06-26 10:33:42

Vintage Marcel Breuer Chairs are original chairs produced by the Hungarian designer Marcel Breuer.

History & Description

Marcel Breuer was a Hungarian furniture designer and one of the masters of Modernism. Breuer was an architect and furniture designer and is famous for his “Wassily” chair, designed in 1925 to 1926.

Marcel Lajos Breuer taught and studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany, throughout the 1920s. Throughout his life Breuer designed a number of innovative chairs and furniture which showcased his interest in simple forms and modular construction. Perhaps his most celebrated design is his “Wassily” chair. Also referred to as Model No. B3, the chair was created whilst he was head of the cabinet making department at the Bauhaus.

Guide for collectors

Vintage Marcel Breuer chairs are extremely popular among Modernist furniture collectors. Arguably the most valuable and desirable examples of Breuer chairs include the “Wassily”, the Cesca armchair, his Model No. F41 and the Long Chair from his Isokon line of furniture.

Typically, Breuer chairs tend to range between $7501 and $1,5002 at auction. However, it is not uncommon for examples to sell for tens of thousands of dollars.

Notable auction sales

On December 9th 2005 at Sotheby’s in New York, an important armchair from the Frank House in Pittsburgh, designed by Marcel Breuer, circa 1940, realised a price of $60,000.

On July 3rd 2002 at Sotheby’s in London, an Isokon prototype armchair, designed by Marcel Breuer, circa 1935, realised a price of £40,630.

On May 24th 2005 at Phillips de Pury & Company in New York, an armchair Model No. B35, designed by Marcel Breuer, circa 1930, realised a price of $21,000.

On May 24th 2007 at Phillips de Pury & Company in New York, a rare “Sitzmachine” Model No. B25, designed by Marcel Breuer, circa 1929, realised a price of $45,000.

On December 8th 2005 at Phillips de Pury & Company in New York, a “Wassily” Model No. B3, designed by Marcel Breuer, circa 1928, realised a price of $28,000.

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