Orange 2nd Generation Zenith Original Eames RAR Rocking Arm Shell Chair
A vibrant 2nd Generation Zenith Eames original RAR rocking chair in such a deep orange is a truly excellent collector’s piece sat on its original, aged RAR base! Vintage RAR bases are rare and to find one in such a good vintage condition is even rarer. With its deep orange shell this is the perfect iconic Eames chair!
Zenith Plastics were the first company to produce the Eames shell chairs. Beginning with just the arm it is easy to understand how they gained steady fame. Their near indestructability and, though limited, range of colours meant they were extremely modern for their time and this prompted the inclusion of the side shells too.
Being one of the first original colours, somewhat understandably, this orange shell is a great example of the first versions of this famous design.
The colour in this shell is remarkable for its age. It has a good depth of colour to it which works amazingly with the fibrous finish. There are no cracks or dents, only marks and scuffs consistent with its age.
The original RAR base is in good vintage condition; the frame shows some signs of its age but the runners are not cracked or chipped.
You can just make out the 3-dots on the underside of the shell which signify this is a 2nd Generation Zenith shell and the large shock mounts help signify this further.
The Eames’s work is highly coveted. From their artwork to their furniture, their work attracts interest from everywhere. The shells are great investment piece, especially vintage ones. Like many things, their age, factory of origin and even colour can affect the shells’ value. This gorgeous example is an excellent piece of a vintage design history. This should be an excellent investment piece.