Thursday, 10 July 2008

Like stray dogs, I just can't seem to resist them

Odd chairs. Regardless of how little space we may have or the need for restoration, I never give it a second thought. I just love the odd chair in need of a little attention.

A White Painted "Memento Mori" Fantasy Armchair, seated human skeleton form with framed seat and stretchers, height 52 in., width 22 in., depth 17 in. Note: The inspiration for this distinctive chair is perhaps a known Russian example signed and dated in Cyrillic, "Ivanovia Cheschcevi to Nickolai Ivanovic Kolemin, Chair from Masonic Lodge 1938" which sold as lot 278 at Christie's, New York, January 25, 1992 and was illustrated in Payne, 19th c. European Furniture, p. 484, pl. 1423. Vincent Price had a notable suite of chairs of this design furnishing his dining room.
From the New Orleans auctioneers Neal.

A Victorian nursing chair having a waisted, padded back over the bow-fronted sprung seat, raised on turned front supports terminating in brass caps and castors.

A 19th Century aesthetic movement design ebonised nursing chair, with turned and painted spindles above and below an ebonised and painted frieze in the Moorish style.

An English drum chair designed by Cecil Beaton, unsigned.

Now playing: Tears for Fears - The Big Chair
via FoxyTunes


Toby Worthington said...

That drum chair designed by Cecil Beaton~could it have been part of the furnishings of his house at Ashcombe? I recall a circus- themed room or two.

HOBAC said...

TW - don't recall ever seeing it before. But, now this means I need to go through all my Beaton books. I am very curious about this chair.

Paul Pincus said...

the english drum chair is amazing!