PAIR OF "BUENOS AIRES" CHAIRS, MODEL NO. 675/F
produced by Jacob & Josef Kohn, Vienna
beech, leather upholstery, brass
each with original manufacturer's paper label
29⅝ x 31 x 28¼ in. (75.1 x 78.7 x 71.7 cm) each
Overall in good condition. The leather surfaces present with scattered surface scratches, discoloration, and areas of wear mainly concentrated on the edges of the seat, armrests, and the tops of the buttons, consistent with age and use. Both seats are comfortable and retain a light spring. One button missing on the proper left arm of one chair and minor lifting to leather edging of both chairs, easily repaired by a professional upholsterer. The wood surfaces present with scattered minor scratches, flecks of white surface paint, areas of darkened wood, and very minor separation of seams, consistent with age and gentle use. One horizontal wooden frame under seat with a 3 1/2 inch-long crack on the proper right side, the other chair with one chip measuring approx. ¾ of an inch at the center, not visually or structurally distracting. Brass button details present with slight movement and one brass button is missing from the proper left side of one chair. The organic and sculptural lines of these chairs pair beautiful with the soft taupe leather upholstery.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Jacob & Josef Kohn: Bent-Wood Furniture, cat., 1916, reprinted Munich, 1980, p. 48
Jane Kallir, Viennese Design and the Wiener Werkstätte, London, 1986, p. 73
Leslie Greene Bowman, American Arts & Crafts: Virtue in Design, exh. cat., Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1990, p. 28
Adam Lindemann, Collecting Design, Köln, 2010, pp. 70-71