Where was I?
No, really. where was I? It’s been so long since I’ve done this, I’ve lost track.
Oh, well. I’ve got a large set of flagged chair pictures. With your kind indulgences, I’ll do chairs.
Let’s start with something that seems like a real bad idea:
William IV Mahogany Child’s Chair on Stand
Description: 19th century, two-part form, brass bolt, including a barrel back cane chair with scrolled crest rail, serpentine seat, turned legs, on stretcher base on a likely original conforming turned legs stand.
Size: 36 x 15 x 13 in.
Condition: Missing bar element between arms; shrinkage crack s to lower stand.
I’m not sure the Consumer Product Safety Commission would approve of putting a high chair on a stand without a locking device of some sort. Baby jumps and jiggles and baby (potentially) goes splat. Maybe. I’m not a parent so I am just speaking hypothetically. Maybe it really doesn’t happen. An imagination is a terrible thing to waste.
Now we go ethnic:
Pair of Welsh Barrister Back Side Chairs
Description: 18th century, elm and mixed woods, yoke shaped crest rail, turned spindle back, plank seat, front cabriole legs with pronounced stretcher.
Size: 36 x 18 x 14 in.
Condition: One chair with broken seat; insect damage; joint looseness; one foot with chips and loss.
Welsh Chippendale Corner Chair
Description: 18th century, elm and mixed woods, applied molded crest rail, square slats, turned spindles, likely original pine and iron slip seat with later needlepoint cover, raised on straight legs with inside chamfer, on cross stretcher base.
Size:28 x 26 x 24 in.
Condition: Later needlepoint cover with tears; hairline crack to front leg; age appropriate wear.
If these two pieces are typical, the 18th century Welsh liked elm and had a very conservative design sense. These might not be typical but they might be. I’ve forgotten how to spell Goggle thus I am unable to do an image search.
And more for the elm lovers out there:
Jacobean Carved Arm Chair
Description: 17th century, elm and mixed woods, relief carved crest rail and paneled back, scrolled arms, plank seat, turned legs with stretcher base.
Size:43.5 x 24 x 17 in.
Condition: Rear legs have been tipped ten inches; shrinkage crack to seat; later stabilized restoration to joints.
The Jacobean in the title would lead one to believe that the chair is English but since it is not explicitly stated, one cannot be certain. Can one? But it is elm…
When there are two items at an auction that might be of lower value but part of the estate and must be sold, they are combined into one lot.
Two Antique Windsor Chairs
Description: To include an English 18th century elm arm chair, with vasiform back splat, spindle supports, saddle seat, on turned legs and stretcher base; and a 19th century American oak and pine arm chair with continuous bent wood crest and arm rail with faux bamboo spindle back, shaped seat, turned legs, on stretcher base.
Size:41 x 24 x 17 in.
Condition: Both in fair condition; armchair with later rear legs and stretcher with breaks and separations to arm rail at back; rocker with break to arm supports and right arm rail cracked.
Mixing English and American, elm and oak. Just seems wrong.
The rocker looks like it might not have started life as a rocker. It might have been a normal chair that had rockers added later:
and finally the pièce de résistance. The most interesting chair in the auction:
Black Forest Style Carved and Painted Child’s Chair
Description: Late 20th century, carved and painted wood in the form of a bear, with scrolled arms, relief carved seat and legs.
Size: 25 x 14 x 21 in.
Condition: Some scuffs to feet.
I usually avoid contemporary furniture, but:
I must stop now. I’m exhausted. I must work to rebuild my endurance.
Blogging is not for the weak of body or heart.