Chair is all original and has not been upholstered. I've been told the chair was featured in the "American Leisure" collection by Kroehler California in 1966. My great grandparents bought very high end furniture in the 1960's so this makes sense. The chair has no damage and has sat in a very nice upscale home in a "tea room" that was used twice in roughly 75 years. this is why the chair is in virtually brand new condition. I've seen similar Kroehler chairs with the same floral patterns sell on 1stDibs and Etsy for a few thousand, and they were smaller, basic chairs that didn't swivel or rock like this one. They also did not have the wood features and accents.
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Good morning, Bruce,
Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
The prices you've seen quoted on Etsy and 1stDibs are retail prices, which are quite a bit higher - often by more than a factor of ten - than fair-market values, which are the values Mearto assigns. Kroehler chairs in the MidCentury modern style are more desirable to collectors than the quasi-colonial style of your chair.
I've listed a few recent sales of Kroehler armchairs (some swiveling) and the prices they've realized so you can see that the values these chairs get at auction really has very little connection the prices they are being listed at online (and, it's also important to keep in mind that those prices are often negotiable).
Based on the photographs and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:
A Vintage Kroehler swiveling rocking armchair
American Leisure Collection for Signature Series, mid 20th Century
Swiveling and rocking with a wooden frame, in original boldly patterned upholstery
PROVENANCE: inherited from great-grandparents
CONDITION: not examined in person but client attests this to be in very good 'virtually new' condition.
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price (such as seen on 1stDibs, Chairish, Etsy, Rubylane, etc) may vary.
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