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Auction Watch # 25 – Selig Z Chair?

Another week, another interesting item of furniture from Melbourne.

Possible rosewood 1960's chair
Front on!
Mid Century Modern
6 pieces!

20th Century Salvation

It appears to be a version of the Selig Z chair, however in lounge suite form! We’re told it’s rosewood (kind of hard to tell from the photos, but you can catch a glimpse of it in one image) and that it was brought by a Chinese family from the Chinese Consulate in Melbourne in 1971 which to me would date it from the 1960’s. The original cushions were apparently filled with horse hair.

So we have –

  • Solid rosewood timber
  • Selig Z chair style/inspiration
  • Originating from the Chinese Consulate
  • Circa 1960’s
  • Price – no bids starting at $200

It’s a shame I’m 700km’s away otherwise this auction watch post might of come after the fact…..

To find, search eBay for – SIX 1960’s Rosewood Chairs.


Auction Watch # 23 – Viking Van Treight Lounge Suite

I’m really impressed with this corner lounge by Van Treight on eBay this week.

Mid Century Lounge Suite
Viking Series?

Consisting of 2 lounges (2 & 3 seater) which are joined in the corner by a nice matching coffee table it has a really nice shape – I love the sloping angles on the back rest/front of the arm rest. I’ve seen various pieces of Van Treight furniture in my time, and I must say that the quality is really, really high.

The same seller also has listed 2 single, matching arm chairs – one has a footstool. I think this presents as a nice opportunity to purchase quite a reasonable sized setting, all in one go!

1960's Australian Lounge Suite
Matching arm chairs!

With a good oiling and some fresh upholstery, I think you’d certainly be onto a winner here!

So what’s the current bid?  Well with all 3 auctions ending in 3 day, we have the –

  • Corner lounge suite and coffee table @ $51
  • High back arm chair @ $86
  • Low back arm chair with foot stool @ $87

Definitely one to keep an eye on. To find – Just search eBay for – Van Treight Viking Series

Happy bidding and Goodluck.

Auction Watch # 22 – Mid Century Corner Lounge

I don’t know what it is about them, but I’ve definitely for a thing for big lounges. Perhaps its the ‘look at me, I can seat 5+ people at once’ attitude that they give off, or the idea of the room it would be in and how it would be furnished that I’m attracted too,  but regardless, I find them really, really cool.

So it’s no surprise that I was impressed by this awesome corner lounge and two matching lounge chairs on eBay this week.

3 piece mid century corner lounge
Nice curves!
1950/60's Lounge
2 -tone vinyl!

In the right space, I think that it would look amazing! And all for the reasonable (starting price) of only $400!


Be sure to have some strong men at your disposal and large double doors into your living/lounge room to save any heart (and back) ache! Until next time.

Auction Watch # 19 – 1950’s Classic Sideboard

Came across a familiar looking sideboard on eBay tonight – albeit in a slightly different configuration to one’s I’ve posted on before.

1950's Australian Sideboard
eBay listed Snelling Sideboard

With just over 2 days left and a starting price (with no bids) of $80 it seems to be flying under the radar.  Shame it’s interstate (Victoria) or I would be posting about this listing after the fact….. 😉

To find, search eBay for – 1950’s Australian Classic Sideboard. Goodluck.

Auction Watch # 18 – Mid Century Dining Chairs x 3

Fair range of goodies on eBay this week, however I picked these 3 Mid Century dining chairs to share.

Retro dining chairs
Auction Watch # 18

Described as a ‘Set of three Mid Century Dining Chairs to restore with a cool solid timber back handle’ I really love their shape. The lines of those angled A-frame timber legs and the white vinyl 1 piece seat/back support are just so clean. They actually remind me a little of the ‘volkschair’ I posted about on the blog previously – see here.

It’s a little hard to tell if the handle on the rear top of the back support is original, I’m leaning towards no, as the timbers appear to be different, along with the clash of styles although it does contrast nicely against the white vinyl upholstery and tie in with the dark stained timber base.

Retro Kitchen Chairs
Great shape!

Price? Buy it now for $67! Cheap as chips for such a great looking set of chairs. Yes they do need a little bit of work, and it’s a shame they’re missing the extra one to make a set of 4 however I think they’d be a great buy!

To find, search eBay for – Mid Century x 3 dining chairs retro vintage Danish Eames Style Atomic To Restore

Auction Watch # 17 – Rosando Sideboard

A little short for time this week, however when I received my weekly email from eBay listing items from my favourite (saved) sellers I thought I had to definitely had to share the following.

eBay listing for Rosando Sideboard
Rosando Sideboard & Speaker Unit

I’m really impressed with the speaker unit, such a great look, and to be specifically made (and integrated into) the sideboard/bar unit is awesome.

You can find it on eBay by searching for ‘Rosando Sideboard’. Whilst there be sure to check out the seller. As mentioned above they’re one of my favourites on eBay, consistently listing great items at very reasonable prices (note – we have no affiliation with the eBay seller).

Auction Watch # 15 – Sputnik Weather Station

This little guy caught my eye this week.

West German Weather Station
Great Sputnik Desk Barometer!

Listed as a Atomic Retro Era West German Sputnik Type Barometer Weather Station c1960’s (to find on eBay, search for the before mentioned text).

The description calls it a ‘mix of science and modernist design’ to which I would agree,  however I definitely think it has that ‘Steampunk’ look to it also. The perspex globe, the compass points , the brass components contrasting against the brushed aluminum gauge faces help make this desk weather station a quirky, unique and unusual piece.

How great would this look sitting on your office desk? A certain conversation starter!

Price? Currently sitting at $15.50 with 4 days remaining.

When searching international eBay auction results prices vary, anywhere from £20 all the way up to £200. Bargain…………….at the moment, but we’ll see where it ends up!

Auction Watch # 14 – Retro Chair

Came across this ‘Retro Chair’ whilst browsing eBay tonight.

Mid Century Kone Chair
Retro chair? Or more…..

And whilst the description is somewhat accurate, the seller would benefit to update the title. See, this retro chair is actually a ‘Kone Chair’.  Dating from the late 40’s or possibly a remanufactured version from the early 50’s.

For more info be sure to check out  Australian Modern’s in-depth blog post on the Kone chair here.

Current auction price of the above chair? $108.45. Will be interesting to see how this one pans out. To find, just search eBay for ‘Retro Chair’.

Auction Watch # 10 – Fler E31 Style Chair

I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between a chair I recently came across on eBay and the Fler E31 Chair. For those not familiar below I have attached an original advert for the Fler chair along with a small colour image (sorry – couldn’t find anything larger at the time).

Fler E31 TV Chair
Fler E31 TV Chair

The interesting thing about the eBay chair is the use of materials. The original Fler chairs above date from the late 1950’s (1959 for the newspaper ad) and are manufactured from teak and use a newer design metal spring for the seat/back support.

Mid Century Chair
Auction Watch # 10

I would say that the eBay chair (pictured above & below)) is slightly older, possibly dating from the early 50’s and is manufactured from a hardwood (looks to be Victorian Ash) and is sprung  using Jute webbing and large springs for the seat support.

FLer Style TV Chair - Auction Watch # 10
FLer Style TV Chair – Auction Watch # 10

I definitely think there is a strong resemblance between the 2, however without any info on the original manufacturer of the eBay chair at this stage it may just be a coincidence…….

So, what would a restorer like this set you back? Well, currently it’s sitting at $11! And with just under 48 hours left on the auction you may just be able to pick up a bargain.

To find, just search eBay for Vintage 50s Modernist Chair Snelling Meadmore Atomic Era Project Old Retro Decor.