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Forum topic by oxonian posted 05-22-2017 05:50 AM 861 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2017 05:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: chair antique


How is everyone doing?

One of my neighbors is selling this chair, he claims he bought it from a friend several years ago, and that it belonged to the great great grandfather of his friend, so it would be about 75+ years old or more.

There is a small crack in the front, which he has acknowledged.

Does anyone have any idea on what this chair is made of? Its general quality? Where is may be from? Any other thoughts?

Any and all thoughts are very welcome.

Thank you

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#1 posted 05-22-2017 06:16 AM

My guess is it’s of Southeast Asian or Pacific
Island origin. Just looking at the carved
motifs tips me off. Though the front legs
mimic European styling, the back of the
chair looks Asian. Probably some Asian

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#2 posted 05-22-2017 12:30 PM

I agree with Loren. I saw multiple versions of these when I was living in Shanghai back in 2005-7. This one has ball and claw front legs which are fairly European, but sort of an Indonesian leaf motif on the upper back. The lion, ( or maybe some sort of dog?), look a bit India-like.
Just a hodgepodge of everything for the tourist or maybe a few loads of them were shipped to North America in-between WWI and WWII. That would put it in the 30’s matching your timeline.

The wood looks somewhat like the fast growth mahogany style wood that is used a lot in the modern furniture industry for feet and handles – called rubberwood. Grown around the Asian Rim.

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#3 posted 05-22-2017 02:18 PM

Buy it if you like it/want it in your house.

It isn’t an investment.

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#4 posted 05-24-2017 09:28 PM

it will made a good upholstery project. You’ll need to see one upholstered to try to match the look.


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