Lemon Yellow Set (4) 1st Generation Zenith Vintage Original Eames LAR Arm Shell Chairs
These vintage 1st generation rope edge Zenith lemon yellow Eames arm shells with deep fibers can easily be viewed as art sitting on original LAR bases. Found as a set of four matching shells, they really are excellent examples of the earliest of these iconic shell chairs. Yellow was one of the four colours the chairs were first produced in and though some natural aging has taken place, these particular examples have stood the test of time exceptionally well.
Zenith Plastics were the first factory Eames used to produce the shell chairs and were only used for a short period in the early 1950s before Herman Miller moved production closer to the East Coast. The LAR base was the first design structure used for the very early RAR bases. The bar across the front of the base was soon removed after complaints consumers were hitting their legs against it as the chair rocked. The LAR base was a direct alternative to the RAR variant.
A rope edged, 1st generation Zenith arm shell in such good condition is very hard to find, especially as a set of four, and these particular examples are excellent for their age; natural fade has occurred but the finish of the fibres is still stunning. There are no cracks or dents.
The original checker-board sticker on the underside of the shell helps identify them as 1st generation Zenith tops.
The LAR bases are as solid as the day they were produced. They have a natural vintage patina you would expect with their age.
Eames shells vary in terms of investment value due to so many factors. The age, origin and colour of the shell coupled with its condition are key aspects along with the originality of the base the shell is upon. As a matching set of four on original LAR bases and in such great condition, these chairs will prove to be fantastic investment pieces.