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FULL SUITE SOLD TO ANDREW FOR MORE than the reserve price (within 5 days of being listed). Continue to regularly click into our NEWLY LISTED Category or follow us on Instagram – instagram.com/invisedge . (We have more Tessa T21 furniture in the pipeline).
Our listing price is OFFERS OVER $1595 for ONE CHAIR only until the 16th JANUARY 2021. Offers over $5800 for the 3-seater sofa, PAIR of swivel chairs and ONE matching footstool will be given precedence over all other offers. Offers of $6500 for the 3-seater sofa, PAIR of swivel chairs and the TWO footstools will also be considered more favourably than offers for any single piece. The footstools are VERY RARE- not many were ever made (Tessa has now gone out of business).
Our last TWO Tessa T21 suites attracted immediate offers WELL ABOVE our reserve price. I closed the offer period EARLY for our last 2 Tessa T21 suites- they sold BEFORE the offer period timed out. The purpose of our offer period for rare suites is not to try and milk it, and get the absolute best price we think we can get for the suite but instead it allows us to see if there are strong offers for parts of the suite (offers for parts of the suite WILL be considered if they are very strong). We are aware that there’s HUGE demand for Tessa T21 swivel chairs (and the Tessa footstools with the central buttress) in excellent condition since Tessa went out of business in 2019 (particularly in lighter-coloured FULL-GRAIN leathers). You snooze and you lose! Express your interest by making an offer for the full suite or any part of this suite EARLY.
This suite SOLD UNDER CONSIGNMENT by a regular iNVISeDGE seller in GEELONG, Melbourne. iNVISeDGE has been employed by our vendor to handle all aspects of the sale on her behalf. I did one lot of these photos and helped clean the leather so I have got close and personal with this suite. NOTE- our photos of the pair of chairs were ALL taken BEFORE we had a chance to clean the suite and the leather. This suite presents better than the photos show.
This is FULL-GRAIN vintage leather ie. the real deal. Tessa often used the shitty TOP-GRAIN leather after the mid-1990’s until 2019 (when they closed). Top-Grain leather is NOT Top-GRADE leather- it’s the inferior THIN modern-day leather that 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).
The investment appeal of this suite is a NO-BRAINER. This suite retailed new for about $16,500 in 2019 just before Tessa went out of business. iNVISeDGE price- OFFERS over $6500 for the FULL 5-piece suite. This suite presents BRILLIANTLY (close to new)- you will save about $10,000 by buying second-hand!
Background Info and Provenance
(Written in 2020)
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, but this one, the T21 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 have asked 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 didn’t want to ever get up! During lock-down (March-November 2020) I had phone calls from people almost on a daily basis asking for T21 swivel chairs or suites. I sold my last Tessa T21 chairs a few months back (they were in the Delmont design though)- that listing got record interest and various offers well above our reserve price.
I think this lighter-coloured leather looks amazing on this design. This is a bold design- the light-coloured leather pares it back a few notches. This suite is nowhere near as imposing as black or dark-brown T21’s. I can even picture this suite in a small apartment. The footprint of these chairs is not big but visually these chairs can normally be quite imposing. With this light-coloured suite there’s even a minimalist slant to it. This suite is upholstered in 100% FULL-GRAIN BOVINE LEATHER- the real deal. I will write a blog describing the differences between Top-Grain and Full-Grain leather in 2021- for now be aware that Top-Grain leather is NOT Top-GRADE leather- it’s the inferior modern-day leather that disintegrates within 10 – 20 years of use.
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 years of use- this is always MODERN Top-Grain Leather. This leather is NOT that. The suite has various FULL-GRAIN LEATHER labels on the underside of the cushions.
After a 50-year stint in the Australian Marketplace, making virtually ALL their furniture in AUSTRALIA, Tessa Furniture died in 2019. It’s a sorry 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 ones (in quality upholstery / leather) often still look basically new after 10, 20, 30, even 40 years of use. In this listing you’re getting chairs that look close to new but they’re about one third the price of new ones!
Today in 2020, I believe this chair- the T21 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 be coming onto the secondary market. T21 chairs retailed NEW for about $4400 EACH (in FULL-GRAIN leather) just before Tessa went under- at my price (not much more than ONE THIRD retail) it should be obvious to anybody that the only way the value of these chairs can go, is up.
This pair of chairs is 40 years old and look at them! Just incredible! No guessing the quality here (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 local community.