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    Posted 7 years ago

    Foundaroun…
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    Marcel Breuer Wassily Chair Model B3
    Tubular steel and leather
    Rust-colored leather strips suspend from the tubular steel chrome-finished framework, some wear to metal and leather, Unmarked
    ht. 29, wd. 31, dp. 27 1/2 in.
    Seat height 16 1/2 in.
    It's not an original but still almost 50 years old. Leather is in very good condition, no Breaks or cracks in leather, tubular steel has original caps on ends, some wear and slight rust on bottom steel skids. One owner since new, I bought it from a customer that was moving.

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      stunning chair!!!!!
    2. Foundaroundtown Foundaroundtown, 7 years ago
      Thanks for the Love
      I could find any identification stamped anywhere on the chair frame.
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      Yes it is by Knoll !!!
    4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      http://www.knoll.com/discover-knoll/timeline#y_1936
      http://www.knoll.com/designer/Marcel-Breuer
    5. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      Wassily Chair


      Marcel Breuer ca. 1925

      Marcel Breuer was an apprentice at the Bauhaus when he began experimenting with tubular steel as a way of building a more transparent chair. Inspired by the frame of a bicycle and influenced by the constructivist theories of the De Stjil movement, Breuer reduced the form of the classic club chair to its elemental lines and planes.

    6. Foundaroundtown Foundaroundtown, 7 years ago
      Originals are Marked Knoll, also I believe the originals have a finished end not a capped end.
    7. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      knoll produced this and this one must had only a sticker and feel off after a while.
    8. loobah, 4 years ago
      Hi Foundaroundtown, did you ever find out anything more about this chair. What company produced it and when? Is it a knockoff? I just picked up a chair just like this. Just like yours, it looks like an authentic Wassily chair but the leather is constructed in a very similar way to the one you have pictured. There's no stitching on the leather that goes around the metal tubing, also there is a line/track pattern (probably from the sewing machine used) around the inside of the stitching on the leather. Lastly, the leather is shaved down or tapered and the ends overlap to give a seamless appearance. This last detail would indicate to me a higher quality process compared to simply leaving the edge thick where it ends. Let me know if you have any more details to share!
    9. Foundaroundtown Foundaroundtown, 4 years ago
      Thank you for your inquiry Loobah
      I did find out it was an original, it's fun to come across those treasures.
    10. loobah, 4 years ago
      Thanks! That's exciting news. Any idea which company produced yours and what year it was made? Gavina, Knoll or another company? I'm thinking that mine came from the same manufacturer as yours based on your pictures.
    11. Foundaroundtown Foundaroundtown, 4 years ago
      From what I was able to research I believe it was manufactured by Knoll
    12. loobah, 4 years ago
      Yeah, that was my guess too, only because I have read that the black socket cap screws were used by Knoll. The leather on mine is all stained and marked up and needs to be completely restitched, but I think it's salvageable. Any idea of the chair's value? I've seen prices from $400 to $2400 for originals. Also, if you have a contact for someone who is an expert on Wassily chairs, I would love to send them pictures and see if I can get a little more info about it. Thanks again!
    13. loobah, 4 years ago
      Hi again, Any chance you figured out who manufactured this chair. There are a few odd things about it that suggest it's not an original. Just trying to gather any additional info since I have a similar chair with the same unusual details: stitching doesn't go all the way around, and there are washers between the tubes where the bolts are.
    14. loobah, 4 years ago
      Sorry, I just saw again that you said you think it was made by Knoll. :)

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