Saturday, January 3, 2015

Beautiful Wing Chair - Red Shell / Diamond Print

This was quite a beautiful and exceptionally well made chair. It's not terribly old (maybe 30 years old?), but it's made in the style of old wing chairs from the late 1700s, and early 1800s. Old wing chairs typically have tall backs, rolled (cone/barrel/scroll) front arms, and thin bottoms (no springs, just stretched webbing, a bit of padding, and a feather pillow). In the style of older (and better quality) chairs, this wing has carved rear legs. The vast majority of chairs (of any style) will only have fancy front legs, since the back legs rarely show.

This chair was so nice that Pierre and I took down detailed notes, measurements, and construction information on the chair.


This was a chair that Pierre was working on while I was away, so I don't have proper before photos. The webbing on the chair was the plastic kind (suggesting it may be a European piece). I can't recall what the previous fabric looked like.

Look at the tight, precise joinery (notched and angled wing board).

Rear leg.

Finished chair.

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