I love chairs! Dining chairs, big comfy chairs, quaint side chairs, statement pieces, sets, pairs and singles- I love them all. I considered having a booth devoted to nothing but chairs. I still think it could be visually very interesting. A friend recently told me that I could not buy anymore chairs until I sold the ones I had. She has a point; however, I recently bought a few more that I just couldn't pass by.
Actually, quite a few chairs have come and gone through W Road Collection. But here is what is currently in the Collection, either at Redbriar Antiques or in storage: (storage- maybe I do have too many!)
This pair of Hickory Chair Wheat Back chairs was found at an auction and while the 1970's mod fabric was pretty awful, the walnut carvings and finish were in excellent condition and made a perfect compliment to our walnut Provencal table we found in France. We recovered the seats in a Belgian linen and wish we had an entire set of 4 or 6, but the pair are just right on either side of a small table or chest.
My dear friend Stacy Clark added this pair of early 1900's Victorian chairs to her booth, Barking Birds at Vintrest. She posted them on Facebook and within a few hours I had them bought and loaded in my car. They are special. The hand painted patina and caning are all original and they are lovely as accent pieces. Unfortunately, a customer plopped down and busted the cane seat on one. So now, they are both drastically reduced, but still are quite charming.
I found this green chippy oak guy at an old shop in Chattanooga and I fell in love with the original paint and patina. It has that sturdy, useful look and feel to it and strikes me as the perfect perch for a plant or bowl.
This late 1800's Eastlake piece is from a Chattanooga estate. The caning and natural wood are original and while petite, it is very sturdy.
Cabriole legs, intricate carving, beautiful warm wood and needlepoint seat and back make this open arm chair a true French Fauteuil. I found it at a French auction and the slight wear on the needlework on the arms gives it that wonderful used and loved feeling and look that I personally think makes a true antique stand apart from a reproduction or vintage piece.
Another French Fautueil, but in a darker wood than the one above. I love the blue and white check fabric- so Country French! The fabric is a bit torn and worn, but the "bones" are wonderful and I might recover it in a similar fabric keeping that essential Country French look.
This set of four small chairs with rush seats are in absolute perfect condition and would look great around a small kitchen table or lined up along one side a large farm table opposite a bench or mis-match of chairs.
Cane seats and back, brass pull out handles on the top and light carving make this set of four French chairs a very unique find.
These are my favorite finds so far. A set of six cane back French chairs from the 1950's found in a booth at Les Puces in Paris. These were hanging on the wall in the booth next to our Danish clock we loved and I have placed them as side chairs next to secretaries, in front of large floor mirrors and around a dining table. The original gray patina is fantastic and as hard as I try I have not been able to reproduce the layering found on these chairs. I believe the linen seats are original as the nails are of that period. I have seen numerous reproductions of this style, but none rival the authentic Parisian Gray finish or price point!
Tapestry with birds and foxes in wonderful country French tones on beautifully carved walnut and cabriole legs- Love! The backs were originally covered in a dingy gold satin, but were torn and worn in places. We discovered the burlap under layer through one of the tears and VOILE', we had a new look by tearing away the satin to reveal the burlap.
Finally, yes I bought a set of eight dining chairs, too. These were simply too beautiful to pass up. The French carving and legs, together with the large wider shaped seat with copper coils and webbing make this antique set a wonderful find. The red textured fabric is in good condition, but I really want to see these chairs recovered in a natural linen.
So 36 chairs featured here and a few more in the workshop as I write this. Maybe I do need to hold off on adding anymore. But what is more comforting than a great chair for dining, relaxing, reading, writing or just being?