Unique 1950s Springbok Garden Table and Chairs Set by Ernest Race
A unique 1950s table with four accompanying "Springbok" chairs by Ernest Race for Race Furniture.
Made for the 1951 Festival of Britain, the chairs are of original vintage. The chairs bear remnants of the Race Furniture label. The bespoke Springbok table was made by Ernest Race in the 50s to accompany the chairs and is as rare as it gets.
This set is documented in the Antique Trade Gazette:
Ernest Race, who died at the early age of 51 in 1964, established his eponymous company in 1945 and is best known for his 'Antelope' and 'Springbok' chairs that were unveiled at the Festival of Britain and used steel rod frames with plywood and spring seats. Pictured here is a set of four 'Springbok' chairs as shown at the festival accompanied by a unique custom-made table. Both use Race’s characteristic steel rod frames and ball feet.
The set has had some conservation work, including the addition of transparent tubing to protect areas where the plastic webbing has split. It remains in very useful condition and would make the ultimate MCM garden, conservatory or porch set.
The glass table top is new and has its own purpose made wooden case for ease and safety of transport.