Original Saarinen Womb Chairs
Original Saarinen Womb Chairs are chairs designed by the Finish architect and industrial designer, Eero Saarinen.
History & Description
The Womb chair was first designed in 1946 and was part of Saarinen’s breakthrough and innovative seating collection. The Womb chair, like all other Saarinen designs, was made exclusively by the Knoll furniture company and displays Saarinen’s flair for simple, sweeping yet structurally practical designs.
Saarinen set a new bench mark for future designers and the Womb chair would go on to inspire future generations of Scandinavian furniture designers like Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton and Poul Kjærholm.
Guide for collectors
Despite being recognised as one of the seminal examples of Danish Modern furniture design, Womb chairs are considerably cheaper at auction than both Jacobsen’s Egg chair and Saarinen’s own Tulip chair.
Instances of Saarinen’s Womb chairs are relatively common at auction and prices tend to range between $1,000 and $2,000. However, due to the large number of reproductions and replicas that are on the market, collectors should try to attain as much information as possible from the seller in order to verify that the offered Womb chair was manufactured in the mid-twentieth century.
Notable auction sales
On March 25th 2009, an Eero Saarinen Womb chair and ottoman, circa 1946, realised a price of £4,750 through Christie’s in London.
On March 24th 2010, an Eero Saarinen Womb chair and ottoman, circa 1948, realised a price of £2,750 through Christie’s in London.
On September 30th 2019, an Eero Saarinen Womb chair and ottoman, circa 1948, realised a price of £2,250 through Christie’s in London.
On February 26th 2012, an Eero Saarinen Womb chair and ottoman, circa 1960s, realised a price of $4,750 through Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey.
On February 5th 2011, an Eero Saarinen Womb chair, circa 1950s, realised a price of $3,000 through Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey.
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