Original Eileen Gray Transat Chairs

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Original Eileen Gray Transat Chairs are chairs produced by the irish designer Eileen Gray.

History & Description

The Transat chair is a type of chair that was designed by the Irish architect and furniture designer, Eileen Gray.

Considered as one of the pioneers of the Modernist movement, Kathleen Eileen Moray Gray was widely recognised for creating highly original and refined pieces of furniture.

The Transat chair is one of Gray’s most well-known examples of furniture design. Designed in 1927, the chair was originally used as a deck chair at the famous Villa E 1027 at Roquebrune, in Italy. The name is an abbreviation of transatlantic, which refers to the types of deck chairs commonly used on steamboats and other ships.

Along with the Bibendum and Serpent chairs, the Transat has become one of Eileen Gray’s most enduring and signature pieces.

Guide for collectors

Instances of original Eileen Gray Transat chairs sold at national auction houses are extremely rare. However, they are regularly offered by international auctioneers, particularly Christie’s, who in the past have sold them at their Paris, London and New York branches.

Transat chairs are typically constructed from beech wood that has been black lacquered with adjustable back cushions upholstered in either linen on leather.

Notable auction sales

On June 8th 2000 at Christie’s in New York, a maple Transat chair, designed by Eileen Gray, circa 1925, realised a price of $193,000.

On May 16th 2001 at Christie’s in London, a black lacquer, chromed steel and leather Transat chair, designed by Eileen Gray, circa 1926, realised a price of $124,750.

On January 26th 2012 at Christie’s in Paris, a pair of lacquered wood, chromed steel and leather Transat chairs, designed by Eileen Gray, circa 1926 to 1930, realised a price of €8,125.

On January 31st 2007 at Christie’s in Paris, a black lacquered wood and leather Transat chair, designed by Eileen Gray, circa 1925, realised a price of €2,400.

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