At a recent auction there was an unusually large number interesting seating units. There’s always a lot of chairs at an auction but this was the most interesting assortment I have seen locally. Too many for one blog so I will just start with the multi-user seats.
Large Antique Continental Paint Decorated Storage Bench
Description: 19th century, pine, two hinged seats, with bootjack feet, the whole retaining old painted surface featuring floral sprays.
Size: 28 x 118.5 x 18 in.
Condition: Insect damage; surface wear; paint loss; signs of outdoor use; shrinkage crack to one seat and left side.
French Provincial Style Double Back Settee
Description: Late 20th century, mahogany, shaped ladder backs , rush seat, curved arms, raised on six cabriole legs with turned stretcher base.
Size : 41 x 48 x 22 in.
Condition: Light surface wear; overall good estate condition.
Not much to say here so we move on to:
Dutch Marquetry Inlaid Double Back Settee
Description: Early 20th century, mahogany, mixed light wood inlays, shaped crest rail, upholstered back and seats, reticulated arm supports on a curule form base, the frame with barber pole and flowering vine inlays throughout.
Size: 36 x 41 x 18 in.
Condition: Later upholstery; some shrinkage cracks at base.
And finally, this is a single-seater but it is similar in nature to the above settee:
Dutch Marquetry Inlaid Arm Chair
Description: Early 20th century, mahogany, light and dark wood vine and floral inlays throughout, shaped crest rail, rolled arms, on paw feet.
Size: 35 x 30 x 25.5 in.
Condition: Later velvet upholstery; expected wear especially at feet