Australian Made Dining Chairs - Sold by Anthony Hordern

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  1. RobSYD

    RobSYD New Member

    Hi all,

    I've bought a set of these dining chairs which have a fantastic shape (photos below). They're made in Australia and sold by Anthony Hordern, which was a large department store in Sydney from 1823-1973.

    Although this was once the largest department store in the world, I can find very little information about what furniture they sold.

    I would love to know more about them; age, designer, what wood etc, if anyone can help?

    On a side note, I found this old catalogue which makes an interesting browse:

    Many thanks,

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  2. Ghopper1924

    Ghopper1924 Well-Known Member

    Cool catalog. Looks like its from the 1890s.

    Without a label it will be very difficult to name the maker of this chair. I'd say it's mahogany ca. 1940, designed in the Duncan Phyfe late 18th/early 19th century Neoclassical mode. These chairs would have been matched to a table and possibly a buffet or other dining room furniture in the mid 20th century, the so-called "golden age" of dining rooms.

    If you've been following our furniture forum, you know that "brown is down," in other words, brown furniture is in a many years long-depression. Value for one chair would be minimal.
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  3. RobSYD

    RobSYD New Member

    Thanks for that Daryl, I'll have a look at Duncan Phyfes work now.

    I've got a set of 5 of these and it did come with a table. I'll add some pics of the table for interest shortly.
  4. Fid

    Fid Well-Known Member

    look like gondola chairs which are a knock-off of French Empire Gondole chairs.
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