Pair of vintage leather armchairs in burgundy

Apr 01, 2021. 12:25 UTC
Pair of Vintage Leather Armchairs in Burgundy
United States of America

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These chairs are leather and some sort of satinwood or other wood on the curved arms and legs. The chairs are about 34.5 inches tall and 22 inches wide at the seat. The chairs are in very good condition.


Estate sale chairs

Answered within about 2 hours
Apr 01, 14:28 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$400 - $600 USD

Insurance Value

$1,000 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Rhonda,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

A pair of William IV/Regency style carved maple or satinwood and leather upholstered open armchairs
English, late 19th Century
Each with squared back inset with red/purple leather upholstery, the scrolling arms over posts with acanthus or waterleaf carving, over-the-rail upholstered with red/purple leather upholstery, raised on four square tapering legs in scrolled feet.
Each 34 1/2 inches tall, 22 inches wide
CONDITION: wear commensurate with age and use.
PROVENANCE: acquired at an estate sale
$400-600 for the pair*
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

Rhonda guess Apr 01, 19:50 UTC

Hello Delia:
That was fast. Thank you!
Can you please tell me what tips you off to the fact that these appear to be late 19th versus mid century, and English versus American?
Thank you.

Delia Apr 01, 19:57 UTC

Hi Rhonda,
The carving is fairly good, and the extent of restoration along the backs suggests greater age than mid 20th century (unless these are newer and suffered pretty significant trauma).
This form was not seen in this representation in America - it's got a quintessentially British flair and aura that is hard to qualify and just comes with years (and years!) of experience handling this kind of thing.

Rhonda guess Apr 01, 20:54 UTC

Ahhh. I see. You have much more info on your "memory card" -- encyclopaedic knowledge. I just see things -- the visceral takes over, informed by the objects my parents collected, and I purchase or not. LOL.
It is a pleasure and a priviledge to be able to access the collective knowledge of you and your colleagues.
Thank you.

Delia Apr 01, 20:56 UTC

Thanks, Rhonda!
We all love antiques and really enjoy sharing what we know...and hope we can pass the enthusiasm to new collectors.

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