Our listing price is OFFERS OVER $1850 for ONE CHAIR ONLY. Offers over $2750 will be considered for ONE CHAIR and ONE MATCHING footstool. Offers over $4600 for BOTH CHAIRS and ONE FOOTSTOOL will be considered. We understand there are a LOT of people wanting just ONE FOOTSTOOL. Offers over $900 for ONE FOOTSTOOL will be considered ONLY if the buyer of this suite doesn’t buy BOTH of these footstools. (I’d be surprised if this happens- the right buyer will understand how hard it is to get these footstools and the solid investment appeal opportunity of having two footstools.) If you bid above our reserve price/s and don’t receive a courtesy email stating your offer has been received, it’s best to call me using the phone number on our Home Page.
You snooze … you lose. Express your interest EARLY. These colours are VERY hard to get in the Tessa Delmont design.
2021 / 2022. We are always getting enquiries from people wanting Tessa T21 / Delmont furniture. The ONLY fair way to give as many people as possible a chance to see the listing is to put our VINTAGE T21 listings in an OFFERS OVER situation. A Buy It Now price has also been set for this suite (or parts of this suite). Call Michael on 0412 757 348 if you want to buy one of our Tessa T21 / Delmont suites outright without having to submit an offer.
This listing is being sold UNDER CONSIGNMENT by a regular iNVISeDGE seller in GEELONG, near Melbourne. My vendor can deliver these chairs to Melbourne buyers for a reasonable fee. Delivery Australia-wide can also be organised for reasonable rates. (Approx. $220 for a Sydney delivery for ONE chair and ONE footstool.)
This is FULL-GRAIN vintage leather- the real deal. Tessa often used the shitty TOP-GRAIN leather after the mid-1990’s until 2019 (when they closed because they couldn’t compete with China anymore). Top-Grain leather is NOT TOP-GRADE leather- it’s the inferior THIN modern-day leather that usually deteriorates within 10-20 years- don’t be deceived. FULL-GRAIN leather is the best leather you can get (and the only leather you want). Use the iNVISeDGE SEARCH BOX (on the Home Page) and type in “Howe Leather Brochure” for heaps of information about leather and how to get the most out of vintage leather for 70 years and more.
The investment appeal of this suite is a NO-BRAINER. This FULL suite (PAIR of CHAIRS and BOTH FOOTSTOOLS) retailed new for about $13,500 in 2019 just before Tessa went out of business. iNVISeDGE price- OFFERS over $5,500 for the FULL 4-piece suite.
Background Info and Provenance
(Written in 2022. Some information contained within may be time-sensitive.)
This is arguably the most sought-after chair design to ever come out of Australia. The Contour range by Grant Featherston is probably the most collectable in terms of dollar-value- this one, the T21 / Delmont swivel chair, released by Tessa in the early 1970’s, is easily the most asked-for vintage chair through our website. When I experienced sitting in a Tessa T21 swivel for the first time, I instantly knew why so many people ask me to buy them. The quality just jumps out at you but it’s the comfort that everyone is after! … OMG … after sitting in a Tessa T21 for the first time I never wanted to get back up! During lock-down (March 2020 to 2021) I had phone calls from people almost on a daily basis asking for T21 / Delmont swivel chairs or suites. I sold my last Tessa T21 chairs a few months back now- that listing got record interest and various offers above our reserve price.
I think the camel-coloured leather and blonde timber looks amazing here. This is a bold design- this lighter / vibrant coloured leather pares it back significantly. This suite is nowhere near as imposing as black or dark-brown T21’s (virtually all Tessa Delmonts are chocolate, this is the only lighter coloured Tessa Delmont furniture we’ve ever had in 20 years of trading. I can even picture this suite in a small nook (even in front of a small fireplace). The footprint of these chairs is not big but visually these chairs can normally be quite imposing. This lighter-coloured suite has a “softer” feel and pares back the look a notch or two.
You’ll sometimes see second-hand Tessa suites where the leather has completely ripped at the seams or cracked all the way through within 10 or 20 years of use- this is always MODERN Top-Grain Leather. This leather is VINTAGE FULL-GRAIN leather (from 1983)- it’s NOT the cheaper leather we see around today. The suite has various labels on the underside of the cushions to help substantiate the date of production.
After a 50-year stint in the Australian Marketplace, making virtually ALL their furniture in AUSTRALIA, Tessa Furniture died in 2019. It’s a sad state of affairs when an Australian business can no longer do what they do so well because of cheap imports destined to end up as landfill. And this is the very reason why Tessa eventually died. Their designs are so well-made that vintage second-hand Tessa pieces ended up becoming more sought-after than new Tessa Furniture. And who can blame people going straight to the second-hand market for designs such as this? The QUALITY of this design is so exceptional that second-hand pieces (in quality upholstery / leather) often still look basically new after 10, 20, 30, 40 … and even 50 years of use. In this listing you’re getting chairs that present extremely well but there’s REAL investment appeal on offer here because they’re VINTAGE (c. early 1980’s)!
Today in 2022, I believe this design- the T21 / Delmont swivel chair by Tessa- is THE best investment in the furniture marketplace. Everyone seems to want them, they are NO LONGER in production so more people will hang onto theirs for a lifetime of enjoyment. Therefore, less and less will come onto the secondary market. T21 chairs retailed NEW for about $4400 EACH (in FULL-GRAIN leather) just before Tessa went under- at this RESERVE price (a bit more than ONE THIRD retail) it should be obvious to anybody that the only way the value of these chairs can go … is way up.
These pair of chairs are about 40 years old and look at them! Just mind-blowing really! No guessing the quality on offer (including the leather). After much of the world’s furniture ends up as landfill, these chairs will be passed onto another user and eventually a new generation. Now that Tessa Furniture is not made anymore, I can’t see any reason why this design (made in AUSTRALIA) won’t slowly increase to the value they were selling for new (ie. $4400 EACH). There’s no better way I can think of to invest in your home, the future of our environment and our local community.