Featured Mystery Inlaid Chair

Discussion in 'Furniture' started by Ranger Rick, Aug 21, 2020.

  1. Ranger Rick

    Ranger Rick Member

    I just love odd strange antiques that I have never seen before. I just picked up the rather odd chair and can't appear to find anything like it on the net. Lots of nice inlay work, appears to be bone? It looks like the chair was redone at some point. Any information on the "style" , type, country of origin (France maybe), and age would be fantastic. I have tried to look up leg styles to date it, but can't find these? No marking I can see, but may have been hidden under the seat when it was reworked.


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  2. Ghopper1924

    Ghopper1924 Well-Known Member

    Beautiful Renaissance Revival ca. 1870 walnut chair. Don't know where you are, but my guess is that this was made in the northeast U.S., probably in New York. Possible makers include Herter Brothers and Pottier & Stymus, although I have not seen this particular style by either manufacturer.

    In any case, this chair is by a top level cabinet maker. The inlay is probably satinwood. In my neck of the U.S. Midwest this chair might bring $400-$500 at a high-end auction.
  3. Ranger Rick

    Ranger Rick Member

    Thanks for the information, I am in the Chicago area, actually picked it up at a garage sale. My favorite chair is a photographers posing chair.

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  4. Ghopper1924

    Ghopper1924 Well-Known Member

    I wish I had that kind of garage sale around here! Wow! I'd buy chairs like this all day.
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  5. Ranger Rick

    Ranger Rick Member

    How about this one, chair/table

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  6. Ghopper1924

    Ghopper1924 Well-Known Member

    The chair/table type goes back centuries. This one appears to be an oak, early 20th century revival piece. Nice carving; I particularly like the shell on the back. Might be worth $150 or so to the right person. Another garage sale acquisition?
  7. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    I'd sit in that and feel like a Duke !!
  8. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Garage sale!

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  9. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    Welcome to Antiquers, @Ranger Rick ! Do you know any of the history of that photographer's posing chair? Was the table also used by the photographer? I collect antique photographs, and am just curious.
  10. Ranger Rick

    Ranger Rick Member

    All I know is came out of an old photographers studio long ago. I think the purpose was that it could be used as a chair or table depending on the scene. The chair has a brass fitting in the seat, it was used for a brace to hold the subject steady during the exposure.
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    Adrian Lewis Journeyman

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