The listing price is for the pair of LOW-BACK CHAIRS ONLY. The pictured sofa is available SEPARATELY. This vintage suite is virtually irreplaceable as a FULL suite so we’d like to see the suite stay together, HOWEVER we understand that homes and living areas have changed significantly since the 1960’s so different configurations will suit various buyers. We are open to the idea of selling the sofa on its own, the pair of chairs on their own and less so (but we’d still entertain the idea) of selling the sofa and one chair (if the offer was very strong). If you have interest in the full suite let us know quickly because we are open to the idea of splitting the suite up.
This suite is being sold UNDER CONSIGNMENT from my vendor’s home in Eltham, Melbourne. Interstate delivery through one of our preferred carriers would be ABOUT $300 for the full suite to Sydney (to give you an idea of delivery prices). Approx $400 to Brisbane for the FULL 3-piece suite.
Background Info and Provenance
(Written in 2020)
An AUTHENTIC 1960’s PAIR of LEATHER armchair with a Brazilian Jacaranda timber-frame by Probel for Jean Gillon. This suite has various LABELS on the suite (2 different labels- as shown in the photos). Gillon’s work is incredibly rare on a worldwide platform and is held in very-high esteem. There are a few Jean Gillon chairs for sale on 1st Dibs at the moment- a chair that’s in the same design as these is AU $7896 (see the screenshot provided). At $3895 for the matching PAIR, our buyer will have nabbed a very strong investment- it’s a no-brainer really. These chairs are constructed from solid BRAZILIAN HARDWOOD, FULL-GRAIN leather, REAL suede for the sling-back and seat, metal springs are sewn within the suede for extra (springy) comfort- the very best cushioning money can buy has also been used. Look at these chairs after about 55 years of use- the superior QUALITY is irrefutable.
The aspect I like most about the quality is the way the timber-frame has been constructed. NO glue, NO dowels have been used and NO screws either. The frame slots together ingeniously and is held (strongly) in place using beautifully sculpted timber toggles. I’ve never seen anything like it- this obviously makes the suite much more time-intensive (and costly) to produce. It also means I could dismantle these chairs very easily and post it to America but we WON’T consider selling it to an international customer for a few months (at least). This listing is currently FOR AUSTRALIAN BUYERS only (no international buyers will be considered until AFTER 30th March 2021). I could get more money for this suite by sending it to America but it’s not about the money- I’d rather it stay here in Australia. The construction technique also means the structural frame is virtually impossible to break (I can’t see how it could ever break really) making this suite a lifetime investment and one to be passed onto future generations.
If you’re not already sold, the COMFORT is also brilliant. Perfect angles and proportions and the padding is super-nice too- soft but also supportive.
This leaves us with looks. This suite is stunning! It’s certainly noticed but not over-the-top. I like how the timber is dark and shiny, contrasting with the cushioning and allowing the architectural frame to really be noticed. In an area with the feel of expansive space, these chairs (or the suite) would help anchor your space and encourage your eye to stay in the space before moving beyond, out the windows into the world outside. These chairs would look incredible on polished concrete or stone floors in front of floor-to-ceiling glass flowing onto green rolling hills or expansive country. I can also picture them in an architecturally-designed home with high cathedral-like ceilings- in a warehouse conversion they’d also be so cool!
There’s one last thing I need to add before you get totally bored reading this. This suite is upholstered in REAL FULL-GRAIN leather (from the 1960’s)- the 1960’s and 1970’s were the last times in history we could be assured of what we were getting when it came to leather in furniture. These animals give their life for us- the least we could do is make the best possible use of their leather (not split it up into 2 or 3 separate layers making virtually all of it end up as landfill in about a decade- it’s just an example of the insane corporate greed occurring at the moment.) I would not put anything but FULL-GRAIN leather furniture in my home (or wool or linen). Leather is a very smart choice if you have children or pets. (Many newer leathers have more plastics and chemicals in them than polyester- this is NOT the case with quality vintage (full-grain) leather.)
This suite by renowned Brazilian architect, furniture designer, creator and artist, Jean Gillon, is one to be passed from this generation to the next. Instead of buying furniture that will end up as landfill in as little as a decade consider investing in QUALITY vintage-furniture. (Not all vintage furniture is quality but most is). There’s no better way to invest in the future of the earth and do something socially-conscious. Here you also have an opportunity to support an Australian small-business that’s in it for more than just themselves. You don’t need to support greed and selfishness in business anymore, there are local small businesses everywhere wanting to do the right thing by their customers and our planet. And to top it off, there’s no better way to INVEST in your home from a financial perspective as well.
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