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Eileen GRAY (1878-1976), commonly attributed to Safari"...

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Eileen GRAY (1878-1976), commonly attributed to Safari" armchair with cylindrical base forming a gray-painted wood frame. Leather armrests, seat and tilting backrest. Circa 1932 H : 77 cm W : 60 cm D : 60 cm (Damaged leather, worm-eaten wood) Bibliography: - Peter Adam Eileen Gray architect/designer revised edition, Harry N. Abrams Inc, 2000 pages 124-125 - Peter Adam Eileen Gray Leben und Werk by Peter Adam, Schirmer/Mosel edition, 2009, page 287 Eileen Gray Leben und Werk by Peter Adam, Schirmer/Mosel edition, 2009, close-up model reproduced in color on page 287 An armchair similar to the one shown here, dated 1932, came from Eileen Gray's personal collection at Villa E-1027 in Roquebrune Cap Martin, as well as from her apartment in Rue Bonaparte, Paris. It belonged to Miss Eileen Gray until the dispersal of her collection organized by Sotheby's Monte Carlo on May 25, 1980. The armchair can be found under lot number 260 before moving to a private collection in Paris. Designed for coachbuilder Jean-Henri Labourdette and purchased from Galerie Jean Désert in the early 1920s to complement his collection of African art. This model is a variation on the original, using plain leather divided into four sections by double topstitching, rather than the black-and-white check pattern of the original. Another variant of this model had aluminum rather than wooden uprights. Its inspiration comes from the "safari" armchairs used by British officers during colonial expeditions.

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