Monday, September 26, 2011

My Fetish with Chairs Continues

My fetish with chairs continue. Here is a sneak peak of some of my newly restored pieces being added to 1stdibs this week.

Pair 19th c. Gilded Louis XVI Chairs with Venetian fabric

c. 1870
This pair of original giltwood salon or parlor chairs are absolutely breathtaking. The water or mercury gilded frames are in amazing condition and almost look like they have been "dipped in gold." Solid and sturdy, these chairs received a makeover with fortuny style fabric. The venetian style cotton fabric used to reupholster these chairs was hand printed and hand dyed using traditional Venetian printing methods. The pattern is a faithful reproduction of a 16th c. french document pattern. It was hand colored in a beautiful pale shade of orange with bronze metallic flowered details. A true work of art.

Rare 19th c. Louis Philippe Chest of Drawers or Commode

c. 1840
A very unique and rare period piece -- a Louis Philippe chest of drawers in beautiful French oak. Unlike most Louis Philippe chests, this one has softly curved, slightly serpentine shaped drawers with turned beaded details on all four corners. Although reminiscent of Swedish pieces of this time, the simple, softly rounded lines with very little ornamentation is classic Louis Philippe style. Original working key. Stunning patina.

Pair 19th c. Louis XVI French Walnut Fauteuils with Down Cushion

c. 1880
Absolutely stunning and timeless, this classic pair of period Louis XVI armchairs have been painstakingly restored down to the 8 way hand tied springs. Reupholstered in white organic cotton fabric sateen which has a beautiful sheen. Gorgeous and intact hand-carved details throughout. The beauty of the walnut frames was restored through french polishing.

And last but not least, is this pair (although I only took a photo of one) of stunning Second Empire (Napoleon III) Walnut Chairs with cast ormolu (c. 1780). These chairs are from the Second Empire (i.e. Napoleon III). Upholstered in a sumptuous ivory silk taffeta, these chairs are simply divine.

As with all of my collection, all of these pieces have been fully restored and are ready to be used in practical, daily life. And these have all been kid tested. :)

Have a wonderful week.


  1. I just discovered you and your fabulous works of art! Love the water gilding and details on the chair.

  2. That chest of drawers is just simple and elegant!

  3. Dear Hope Ava, how wonderful to hear from you!! I will send you an email to see how you are doing. Yes, I agree about the chest of drawers. There is just something about it.....


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