Information About Chairs?

Does anyone know anything about these chairs? Any information is much appreciated! My dad has owned them for a long time and now has to decide what to do with them. I wish I knew their story. Ive researched as far as I can get and all I found is that they are probably wainscot style. Thanks!


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December 20, 20200 found this helpful

Could these be hand-made? I don't recognize the flower (thought at first it might be dogwood) but I am very intrigued that the (leather, pleather?) seats have wear in a floral pattern as well. This might indicate that the material was added later -- onto chairs that were primarily decorative.

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December 21, 20200 found this helpful

They could be handmade - but they have been around for so long that there isnt anyone in the family left who knows. The flower was where I started and yes, I also thought dogwood. The leather feels original but I never thought about it being added in later. The matching studs around the perimeter of the leather matches perfectly - and looks just as old (lol), but thanks for your thoughts!

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December 20, 20201 found this helpful

These have a 1950s Spanish revival style vibe to them, but sadly I have very little knowledge about in the genre as you don't see many like them in the Pittsburgh reselling world that I live in. I know they can be very valuable if that is indeed what you have, so I do encourage you to find someone where you are and take a chair and have them give it a look see.

I really don't see anything that leads me to believe they are Wainscot I am curious as to what you saw. Wainstcot style (to me) is usually bulky, solid back (not leather), much more ornate carving--the backs and seats, and they often have a severe (to me) shape to them. Don't look like a chair I could relax in.

Your chairs have a bit of whimsy in them with the decorative heel rest and elegant yet simple carving, but again, Wainscot style is not something we see a lot of in my resale world--so I could be totally off.

Post back what you learn!! Thanks for sharing!

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December 21, 20200 found this helpful

Thanks for your post! I couldnt find anything that matches this particular style on google, so it may be some sort of revival. The wainscot style (that I have come to understand) has some details that I thought they had in common:
-best oak, without knots or blemishes
-massively built - solid, sturdy
-heavy, wooden,
-fairly simple construction
-engraved decoration, floral theme
-carved finials at back panel corners
-blocked feet joined by stretchers
Granted, I have only started learning about this style for this particular purpose, so I could be way off myself. Ill take your thoughts into consideration and maybe start looking into styles that are more specifically other than wainscot styles.

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December 21, 20200 found this helpful

I am following this post and excited to learn more. Thanks for sharing!

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December 20, 20200 found this helpful

I would look for identifying markings under the chair. There are very good reproductions that are not worth as much as the originals.

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December 21, 20200 found this helpful

Thanks! I did try looking underneath and posted two pictures of what I found - but its not anything of any use :(

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December 21, 20200 found this helpful

Very unusual chairs.
They look Spanish to me but I'm not sure even an online appraiser could help you with these - it may take a registered appraiser to see them in person.
However, I do not think you should try to sell them online but try to find an auction house that specializes in antiques - after you find out a little more about them.

I have had very good luck using free online appraisers but I think some of these appraisers are getting bombarded with requests due to the longevity of this virus and so many needing to sell their cherished items.
But if you try several sites you may be able to gather a little information from each one.
You will have to join their sites first and they will require good pictures (and may ask for more) and also measurements and a little more provenance if possible. Try to find out some sort of date from your dad and where he was living when he bought the chairs.
I will provide several sites but there are others available;

You may find some useful information from past questions/answers here:

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December 22, 20200 found this helpful

Great! Thanks for the information. Super helpful! Ill look into those sites and see what info they have.

I never thought about online appraisers being bombarded with questions because of the situation COVID has put us all into (financially as well). Excellent point. Looks like Ive got my work cut out for me! Lol
Ill keep chipping away at this mystery and hopefully find some answers.

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December 22, 20200 found this helpful

I hope you have some valuable chairs so please Send these pictures to several of these sites so you'll know what you need to do when you get ready to sell.
These sites will also give you information about future auctions that might be coming up within driving distance as usually these auction sites advertise what will be in their auctions and this brings people with money who are really interested (and have room) for items like this.
I hope you will spend some time and get as much information as possible because even if they are reproductions they can still be valuable.
Please keep us posted on what you find out.
Hope you and your family have a wonderful, safe Christmas.

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December 23, 20200 found this helpful

Thanks again. This is a great place for me to start. I have other pieces of antique furniture that perhaps I can find some information about those as well (lol - but one thing at a time)

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