The chair has no manufacturing stamps on it so I do not know where it is from or who made it. It does has some interesting cursive marks (looks like it was made with chalk?) underneath but I am unable to distinguish it or understand what it means. Specifications: - Upholstery: Leather with "carved in" floral designs. - Legs/Arms/Back: Wood with carved designs - Chair stuffing: straw. no springs. - Upholstery is held together with metal tacks. No staples/screws/nails - Chair arms have leather, straw padded accents. - Dimensions: - Overall Height: 39" - Overall Width: 21.5" - Back height: 19" - Back width: 21" - Leg height: 16" - Face dimensions: 23"x16"x16"x21" - Arm length: 20"
I found this antique chair at an estate sale in Alamo, CA. The previous owner was a well off, 95-year-old engineer, who had a vast collection of antique furniture. I do not know where he got it from but I do know he was well traveled in the United States, and that he's lived in 8 other states besides California. I do not know if the chair has been exhibited. Or who the first, original owner was.
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Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:
An antique Renaissance Revival style embossed leather and turned and carved oak open armchair
In the Italian style, late 19th Century
With rocaille carved ears over a rectangular embossed leather-upholstered back with brass tack trim over pierced back rail, part-upholstered arms with cannonball ends raised on fluted block and turned supports, the trapezoidal seat over-the-rail upholstered with embossed leather with brass tack trim, raised on fluted block and turned legs joined by an H-stretcher. Underside with indistinct chalk markings. Upholstery back with straw.
39 inches height overall; 21 1/2 inches width overall
CONDITION: wear and losses to leather but otherwise appears to be in good condition
PROVENANCE: acquired at an estate sale in Alamo, CA
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.
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