Parchment 1st Generation Zenith Vintage Original Eames RAR Rocking Arm Shell Chair
A vintage 1st generation Zenith Eames arm shell in rich parchment with gorgeous spider-web of fibers is exemplary sitting on an original RAR base. The flawless finish of the aged shell 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 in and this particular example has 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 RAR base was one of the first bases introduced for the shells and was produced initially with a bar across the bottom at the front of the frame (looking like a cat’s cradle base with rocker runners). This was quickly changed to the more recognizable form which is seen here but was only made commercially available until 1968.
A rope edged, 1st generation Zenith arm shell in such good condition is very hard to find and this particular version is excellent for its age; it has a very rich finish to its colour suggesting it has been protected sometime in its past. There are no cracks or dents.
The original RAR base is in good vintage condition with only some natural wear expected with its age.
The faded original checker-board sticker on the underside of the shell helps identify it as a 1st generation Zenith top.
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 1st generation Zenith top, in such great condition with such a fantastic patina, sat upon an original RAR Base, this chair will prove to be an excellent investment piece.
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