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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Know Your Eames (provided by Richard Wright)

I ran across an interesting article by Troy Segal entitled "Know Your Eames," which he wrote after interviewing Richard Wright of the Wright auction house. The article offered nine suggestions on how to recognize Eames pieces, as well as how to evaluate what they might be worth.

The article is very helpful if you're new to searching for Eames pieces, because it shows you several labels to look for and gives tips on what makes one Eames piece more valuable than another.

It also suggests several other sources of information about Charles and Ray Eames, including Eames Design: The Work of the Office of Charles and Ray Eames by Marilyn & John Neuhart and Ray Eames (Harry N. Abrams, 1989), the Eames Office website, run by Charles’s grandson, and the Herman Miller website.

I'm eager to buy the two-volume Neuhart book The Story of Eames Furniture (Gestalten, 2010), which has 800 pages containing more than 2,500 images. I'm sure this book will soon be considered the final authority on everything Eames. (See my post about the book, as well as a video interview with Marilyn and John Neuhart.)

Fiberglass RAR (Rocking Armchair Rod base) rocker

RAR Rocker Zeeland label

LAR (Lounge Armchair Rod) upholstered fiberglass chair

LAR chair label with Herman Miller logo


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