The first chair that ever caught my eye was when I was a teenager. (check back, I'll add the photo next week) It is a hall chair, and part of a set with a desk and a second chair. My dad and I bought it at a Ventura County swap-meet, and my mom was MAD when we brought home that "junk".
The first chair that I purchased on my own at an estate sale was a corner chair. Well, actually, it was round. I liked it because it is hand-made. I know it is probably edwardian, but the interesting part is that is was handmade probably at home by someone. The reason I say that is that the design to the left and right of the center splat is not symmetrical. What's not to love about a chair with a heart?
The next chair that made it home with me was one of those that makes my husband roll his eyes and say "what were you thinking?". This one I liked because of the inlaid work. When people ask me what I collect, I say I collect antique object that demonstrates craftmanship.
Hubby didn't like the chair--it's rickety, and has had the back broken off and reglued (poorly). However, a doll usually sits on the chair, so it's not a problem.
|Closeup of the marquetry|
The next country chair was a pair of grain-painted chairs with the manufacturer printed on the back of the chair seat: W.Corey, Portland, ME. They were done in the 1850's, painted grain to look like rosewood. It has a ribbon of gold painted on the chair.
I had these recaned as they were broken. They were hand-caned, rather than the sheet caning. I was told that the caning darkens with age, but I'm afraid I don't have enough years to wait. The problem with staining is that as the chair sags, the unstained cane shows. Why don't they stain the cane before they weave it?
The chair above is definitely my venture in the American furniture. I love the eagle painted on the back. It's pretty rickety, I should have it tightened.
I keep finding chairs that have inlay. The chair below is a wonderful sturdy chair with original horsehair stuffing. I put a red silk on it, love it!