Listed for sale is the holy grail of Eames lounge chairs. It is a black leather lounge with ottoman from 1956, the first year of production. These early examples are fabulously rare and can be identified by a few distinct characteristics.
Early on, it was decided to use boot glides on the ottoman. Within months, however, complaints came in about customers losing these boots and therefore a change was made during the same year to begin threading the ottoman underneath to allow for screw-in glides like the chair.
Furthermore, the earliest examples had three holes in the armrest brackets for three screws. Within a short period of time also, they decided only two were needed.
This example has both of these rare characteristics and can date it relatively precisely to early 1956. Along with this, the chair features early round steel clips and down filled leather cushions.
They are soft and properly plump for a chair of this vintage. No tears or rips are present on any of the cushions. These are down filled cushions and are beautifully worn.
The rosewood shells are in great shape aside from the visible wear. The finish is lovely and all original.
The shock mounts are in good shape and the chair still holds strong.
Bases and Metal
The aluminum bases are in great condition. Paint is all there.