Parchment 1st Generation Zenith Rope Edge Original Vintage Eames DAX Arm Shell Chair
This vintage 1st generation rope edge Zenith parchment Eames arm shell with deep, textured fibres can easily be viewed as art sitting on an original DAX base. The shell is unmistakable with the distinctive fibrous finish and rope molding marks around the edge means this chair is as much joy to look at as it is to sit in! Parchment was one of the four colours the chairs were first produced. It has suffered a little in its long life and has had to be repaired sometime in its past, please see images.
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 X base was one of the first bases introduced for the shells and, though it looks somewhat plainer than the likes of the Eiffel or Dowel wooden base, the solid and highly versatile nature of the X base has meant it has remained a popular choice for these particular shells.
A rope edged, 1st generation Zenith arm shell is always something to be excited about. This version is an attainable way of owning a little piece of history. The price reflects the careful repair which has been conducted on this wonderful shell. More pictures available on request.
The original checker-board sticker on the underside of the shell helps identify it as a 1st generation Zenith top.
The mounts have been changed to smaller, later versions some time before we acquired the chair.
The DAX base is as solid as the day it was produced. It has a natural vintage patina you would expect with its 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. Since this is a 1st generation Zenith top, sat upon an original DAX Base it would be a great investment piece, but with its repair, it is a chance to own an iconic piece at a very competitive price!
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