Sunday, July 29, 2007

eBay Find of the Day: Klismos Chairs

Klismos chairs are design classics that have also managed the neat feat of being incredibly au courant. (They've popped up in Domino and in House Beautiful of late, and don't miss the recent Klismos slideshow from Southern Accents.)

Based on Greek forms dating from the 5th century B.C., modern-day Klismos chairs have both a refined stateliness and a bit of swaggering attitude, with a neoclassical shape that features splayed saber legs and a curving backrest that cradles the body. Pristine examples from the early 18th to the mid-20th century run several hundred to several thousand dollars at high-end auction houses and on sites like 1stdibs, while new versions from companies like Donghia and Michael Berman will set you back nearly as much.

Or you could try eBay. This set of four midcentury-model Klismos up for auction on the site looks like it's in excellent shape, and will add a bit of stylish pomp to your dining table or a touch of sculptural elegance when employed as occasional seating elsewhere.

Current bid: $99. (Shipping for the entire set via Greyhound is an additional -- and quite reasonable -- $90.) The auction ends on Thursday.

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