Ernest Race Antelope Chair, Original Vintage C.1950s, Designed For The Festival Of Britain

Ernest Race Antelope Chair, Original Vintage C.1950s, Designed For The Festival Of Britain


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Ernest Race (1913 – 1964): An original mid-1950s modernist ‘Antelope’ chair, painted steel rods with red bent plywood seat, bearing ‘Race Furniture Ltd’ label to underside of seat, with rubberised feet, designed for the Festival of Britain, London, 1951, manufactured circa 1955. Height to top back 80cm, width 50cm, depth 53cm.

This version of the ‘Antelope’ chair is from the mid-1950s commercial production. Created as an outdoor chair for visitors to the Festival of Britain the chair was put into production in the mid-1950s with differing foot design to the 1951 version. It is believed the design was changed due to the damaging effect the sold metal ball feet could render. A pair of contemporary rubberised ball feet (as per the 1951 design) manufactured by Race Ltd is included with this item.

For a similar chair see the Victoria & Albert Museum collection item number W.11:1,2-2013. The V&A archive collection details these pieces of furniture as follows:

The 'Antelope' was produced to furnish the outdoor terraces of the Festival Hall at the Festival of Britain in 1951. It was available in either chair or bench versions. The seat was painted in the Festival colours of yellow, blue, red or grey. Race's 'Springbok' stacking chair was also designed for the Festival. The 'Antelope' demonstrates the economic use of material and form. The delicate curvelinear outline and distinctive ball feet typify the contemporary or festival style of the early 1950s. The design gained an international reputation for Ernest Race. Like Race's BA3 chair, the 'Antelope' received a commendation at the 1954 Milan Triennale. The Race Furniture Ltd. put it in commercial production in the mid-1950s.

This chair is in very good period condition with some scratching to seat and paint loss to steel rods (see images).

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Width: 50.0 cm
Height: 80.0 cm
Depth: 53.0 cm

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Condition: Used

Wear Condition: Good

Designer: Ernest Race

Brand/Manufacturer: Race Furniture

Date of Manufacture: 1950s

Place of Origin: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Material: Steel and plywood

Period: Mid 20th Century

Style: Mid Century Modern

Listed by: Stephanie_6baa

SKU: 48722564