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Weekend Finds, Eames model prototypes

- 22 May 2011 -
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We happened received this Adrian Pearsall suite of sorts. Additionally, at a recent estate sale I picked up these Eames shell minatures as well as the mold and some contract base proofs from an old employee of Herman Miller who built the models.

Interesting?

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- 22 May 2011

Im not a big fan of Eames in...
Im not a big fan of Eames in general but those are dead cute....very nice find.

- 22 May 2011

wow some cool little things t...
wow some cool little things there, always nice to see these prototypes and models, good find!

Like Killian I'm not really an Eames enthusiast, the underside of the lcm and dcm are horrible and the inevitable shockmount failure and limited warranty on the 670 is just really poor but the cast aluminium work is pretty damn fine, inspired me to get the gasket cleaner out next weekend and clean mine up.

- 22 May 2011

Count three with me.
Like Killian and Heath, I'm not the biggest Eames fan either. But love those shell minatures!. And you have also the mold !!! Great! This have a special value (and I no mean the monetary one).

- 22 May 2011

Wow
Very cool!

I wonder how many of those are in existence.

- 22 May 2011

Why would
there be any others at all ? More to the point, what were those models used for ?

Is the upholstery pattern indicated on them one that was used in production ? Were these models used in design decision-making, sales, or some for some other function ? What appear to be the materials used in the models and the molds ?

- 22 May 2011

Yes indeed, SDR...
That's the correct pattern. Very interesting find there.

- 22 May 2011

I understand
that the information given the buyer is that these were the property of a former Herman Miller employee -- and accepting that would be understandable -- but some actual provenance would be helpful, wouldn't it ? Couldn't a "fan" of any sort have made these, as well ?

Wishful thinking is nice, but historic and monetary value can't be established upon that, can it ?

- 22 May 2011

Good evening
I will work on identifying the material etc. Additionally, provenance is in the process of being properly documented through the certification process that is necessary for items of this nature.

As more information is received I will detail that for the community.

Peace be with you

- 23 May 2011

Tynell,
Don't take Lunchbox...

Tynell,
Don't take Lunchbox seriously.
The guy is a bitter hater.
If you've ever seen him in person, you'd understand why.

- 23 May 2011

It really is a shame that suc...
It really is a shame that such an interesting thread has been hijacked by what is essentially an ego driven squabble. Let's hear more about the models. I don't give a shit how many rockers anybody has seen/sold and I suspect the majority of the readers here don't care either. Come on already, enough.

- 23 May 2011

Actually.....
I really didn't want to get involved here, but I can vouch for Tynell. He is a well known and respected dealer up here, and many noteworthy works by Eames, Nelson, Bertoia and Noguchi that Wright has sold over the years have been from him. He has been in the business for a long time and has had the best of the best.

Just sayin'.....

- 23 May 2011

Why would a dealer put their...
Why would a dealer put their best bits through an auction gallery ? quick money ? surely you get a better price selling yourself even if its a little slower selling them.

- 23 May 2011

I too am interested in these ...
I too am interested in these models. Be a champ everyone and delete your posts that have nothing to do with the topic at hand.

- 23 May 2011

Killian
It can make very good sense. It depends on your operation. My wife and I work out of our small 2 bedroom apartment and sell mostly through Ebay. Most of my stock is respectable middle of the road stuff. When I do get something extraordinary, I simply don't have access to the deep pocket clients that a good auction house has. And actually the turn around for the better houses can be quite long with intake early for catalog shoots, curating specific themes, and payment after they get paid by bidders.

- 23 May 2011

I am still interested
in knowing what material those model shells are made of -- though I suppose that can be difficult to determine. Some kind of resin, no doubt ? Are they painted, or is the color integral ?

Perhaps a hot-pin test can be performed.

Are the metal chair bases at the same scale ? Are these intended to go together into a complete chair model ? It should be possible to determine the scale of the model, by comparing to known dimensions of the full-size chair.

- 23 May 2011

Hi Glassartist, thanks for...
Hi Glassartist, thanks for the reply....It certainly makes sense when you are dealing on a smaller scale like you described. I just presumed that the seller in question here was a bricks and mortar dealer and therefore this method doesnt make as much sense to me. In my experience after fees on both sides (buyer and seller) it seems the auction houses are the only ones making real money out of auctions.

- 23 May 2011

wonderful!
Thanks. We should all try to make threads look like this on the first effort.

- 25 May 2011

"Give it the bird" --
-- the new DA "wordless review" ?

Ha ! I like it . . .

Robert's will be the image "of record." Maybe other readers will find their own ?

- 25 May 2011

Review score
Will be based according to the quality of the bird.

Of course, the Eames house bird would be the highest rating.

- 26 May 2011

Perfect
From trashing men to Trashmen, all in one thread!

- 26 May 2011

"Petah," of
Family Guy, singing ". . . A-WELL-A BIRD BIRD BIRD, BIRD IS THE WORD ! . . ." over and over would be a useful if annoying sound track, here.

Thank heaven we don't have sound on DA . . .

- 05 Dec 2017

Update...

It looks as if a relative or colleague has set up some information regarding Gene Young whose estate I visited when the Eames chair models were purchased. Blessings

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