Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Knoll Bertoia Side Chairs (4)

This listing is for a set of four wire chairs produced by Knoll and designed by Harry Bertoia. As you probably know, these "Bertoia Side Chairs" are among the most classic and instantly recognizable of the period, and were introduced in 1952. And it is for a good reason - they are beautiful.

There are a few things to note about these chairs and this particular listing:

1. There are a lot of reproductions of this chair out there, and I am not expert in distinguishing... do your homework and directly ask the seller how he knows these are authentic.
2. New reproductions sell for about $150 a chair (set of 4 would cost $600).
3. Vintage originals of this chair sell for around $250-300 a piece (eBay).
4. The chairs are still in production and sell for over $400 each (DWR)
5. The chairs in this posting have been painted black. That certainly does not help the value, but I don't know how much of an impact it may have.

Overall, $500 for these chairs, even if they are a reproduction (seller says they are real), is a good deal. On top of that, he states that the price is negotiable. A great find if you are in the market for a set like this.

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