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OFFERS OVER $1995 for the 3-sectional ART DECO cane lounge sofa. The matching pair of armchairs are listed SEPARATELY. Come forward quickly if you have interest in this full suite as we will be entertaining offers for any single piece. (EXPECTED RESULT for just the 3-sectional sofa only- $1995 – $2295)

LOCATION- being sold under CONSIGNMENT from a private seller in Cranbourne, MELBOURNE.

Background Info and Provenance

This listing is for the AUTHENTIC VINTAGE 3-sectional sofa only but we also have a matching pair of chairs in a separate listing (in our NEWLY LISTED Category). This VINTAGE Pretzel lounge sofa from the art deco period in the Paul Frankl style is an incredibly versatile item. It can be used as a 3-seater sofa or a 2-seater sofa with an extra easy chair. These 5-strand versions are heavy and very durable- the weight means the 3 pieces also stay together whilst in use. (This is not flimsy, like some cane furniture.) This sofa would suit many spaces and if you re-locate, because it’s sectional, it’d be very easy to move plus in a different configuration it could suit an entirely different space and lay-out. This gives the suite additional investment appeal- the versatility in the 3-sectional design means it will appeal to a wider cross-section of the market so will sell easier (if you ever have to sell it)… and the design is so stunning … who would not do a double-take at this while trawling online for vintage furniture! (These photos can not be used without prior consent but will stay on the iNVISeDGE website.)

Most of these 5-strand vintage cane suites are quite boxy and very bold in looks- I much prefer the circular armrests here- they’re distinctly art deco and the curves pare back the boldness. There are plenty of boxes and harsh edges in our urban environments- there’s something very calming about bringing circles and arcs into your living spaces. Curves also bring a bit of magic inside your home- circles in HAND-CRAFTED furniture will always carry an intrinsic element of intrigue.

The 5-strand variety in these is the hardest to find out of any art deco rattan suite. They are commanding hefty prices worldwide. At our price, this vintage suite is an astute investment. Vintage art deco suites have increased markedly in value over the 20 years I’ve been in this business- I can’t see this particular suite losing any value while you get to enjoy using it in your home. In fact, I can only see this VINTAGE Pretzel suite increasing in value in the future. Similar full suites in America are now commanding around AU $15,000 in this configuration! This is the first suite like this we’ve had in about 2 years (and we only got this suite because we agreed to work with it under consignment).

Rattan is DURABLE and environmentally sustainable. (Once cut it grows back very quickly if the climate is right.) These frames will last generations (and already have!). Rattan will also rarely get bumps, dents and scratches. To top it off, this design has a nice relaxed comfort. The back is set at an excellent angle for comfort. The cushion inserts are also vintage, so they too were made to last. They are dense and holding their shape very well- they still hold you nicely.

These are also loose cushions sitting on frames. The cushions can be flipped over if one side gets dirty and the covers can be unzipped and machine-washed at any time (on the gentle cycle or handwashed- just put the covers back on whilst still damp to prevent shrinkage). Re-upholstery is the cheapest possible upholstery job- just take your fabric with the old covers to anyone with a sewing machine. It’s not difficult or costly. This sofa can have a whole new look for around $400. Sofas like this are perfect in an Airbnb place or if you have young children.

The beauty of investing in vintage Pretzel design is knowing how the item will stand up to use before you shell out a cent. Look at this art deco beauty after about 70 years in a family home! (The current custodian inherited this suite from her Grandmother.) An item like this is the epitome of a solid investment because the design is practical, very DURABLE and timeless in looks. There’s no better financial investment for your home and no better way to reduce landfill- this suite will continue to tell stories long after you and I have gone!


This 3-sectional sofa is vintage and overall in excellent condition for its age. The cane frames are brilliant- sturdy, strong and basically impossible to damage. All the joints are solid and strong with NO repairs or breakage. Cosmetically the frames present very well for something of this age- they have minor signs of age and use. There are not really any dents or bumps that are noticed but the original finish is looking very tired. I'd suggest lightly sanding the original finish off- a quick, easy job. Rattan doesn't need any finish- it won't ever split or crack. (I've personally owned art deco rattan chairs for over 5 years so I have direct experience with it.) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The covers were re-done back in the 1980's. They have signs of use and age but nothing that stands out. The covers make the suite really practical. They can be unzipped and machine-washed on the gentle cycle to keep them clean and fresh, when needed. (Replace the covers to the cushions whilst still damp to prevent shrinkage.) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I like this sofa as it is (a light sand only would help it looking better though). You could replace the missing bindings down near the floor if you want them to be "close to perfect for a vintage sofa". The bindings that remain look a bit old (that's because they are!). The cane bindings cover joint areas only AND ARE PURELY DECORATIVE. (They are not part of the structure at all.) _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The cushions covers have zips on them which makes it easy for washing if ever needed. The upholsterer put the zips on the wrong side though! They should be at the back. This is something I noticed- this suite has been in this family for 70 years and the current owner never noticed it! The cushion inserts ARE CONSTRUCTED ORIGINAL CUSHIONS from the art deco era. They have held their shape well, they are dense and do the job extremely well- I see no reason to have them replaced. You could get the back cushion replaced for extra comfort. I've heard of previous customers getting fat, super-soft cushions sometimes made of feather-down (for the backs only when they got new covers made) to give the sofa luxurious, super-soft comfort. THIS DEPENDS ON HOW AND WHERE THE SUITE IS TO BE USED and how fussy you are. This would change the sofa to be a “sloth-around” lie-all-over piece. It obviously depends on your needs / where it’s going to be used. Investing money in this suite is not throwing money away at all. If it will add to the value of your lifestyle, it will obviously add to the value of this suite as well. Carefully consider what you want for THE LONG-TERM to ensure you’re investing your money in the smartest possible way. These vintage suites do NOT compare to the new replicas at all- these 5-strand vintage suites have been perennially sought-after and have constantly increased in value over the last 30 or so years. New mass-produced ones will lose their value by hundreds of dollars (if not thousands) the second you walk them out of the shop! ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Measurements. One-armed pieces- cm across. Middle piece with no arms- cm across. So total when assembled-cm. It’s a comfortable 3-seater size. Depth- cm. Armrest height- cm. Total height- cm. FOR FREIGHT (SOFA ONLY)- = about 1.15 cubic metres. PAIR SINGLE SEATERS THAT ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS LISTING PRICE. Pair Single Seaters across- cm.
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