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Antique Chinese Chair?
I’m not sure if furniture can be discussed here so I apologize in not. I found this amazing little Slipper/Nursing Chair the other day and absolutely love the fabric. Unfortunately it is in rough shape. The stuffing is real cotton and it’s been attached by tiny white nails.
Would anyone know if it is in fact Chinese origin or if it was just upholstered to look Chinese. Also if there is a way to preserve this fabric or find one similar?
I’m looking for any advice on how to make this chair beautiful again and if there is any value in this char beside just to me
Thanks so much in advance,
Mark is correct, this is a typical Victorian nursing or parlour chair, it’s very pretty! They’re usually made of mahogany or satinwood. It was reupholstered at a later date when fashions changed.
Your options are 1) do as Mark suggests, get it seen to professionally. They may be able to save the fabric depending on how brittle it is. This is likely to be costly, probably £200+ (which may be more than the chair’s worth) OR 2) leave it as it is. The ‘rough lux’ or ‘country house’ style is very ‘in’ at the moment.
You can give it a gentle vacuum and wipe with a damp cloth if necessary. It’s fine to glue the trim back yourself. It may not be suitable for everyday use, but fine in the bedroom as somewhere to drape your dressing gown or clothes you plan to wear the next day.
The fabric looks like it may be a waxed cotton, damask or cotton-silk mix? If you like the fabric and wish to keep it but still want the chair restored, you may be better going to a conservator rather than a regular upholsterer who may advise completely reupholstering it. Upholsterers always want to change the filling to make it conform to fire standards, but this is not a legal requirement on antique furniture, only furniture post 1950s.
Nancy, as others have mentioned mid Victorian, I see a bit of American Eastlake in what I think to be an empire revival style chair so ten years either side of 1870. Looks to be walnut, a typical timber for better quality chairs in N.A. Not sure of the timber trends in Europe so may possibly be mahogany.
The cover is mot definitely a replacement I would suggest it was expensive. Unfortunately, at least in N.A. Victorian is not ‘the thing’ and values for brown furniture has tanked, in my area a chair like this could be had for $50 Canadian all day long. This value in no way reflects the quality of your chair which is far better than it monetary value.
you like, and that’s all that matters.
Thank so much for all that information. It didn’t even occur to me about fire regulation. I like the idea of using it to drape my clothing or just even for show. The fabric is what sold me on it so I am going to do what I can to preserve it.
Very interesting, thank you. I will google the terms American Eastlake and empire revival to learn more. I too am in Canada. I love the chair and mostly the fabric and it matches my decor so I will definitely be looking at preserving it some how.
Nancy, happy to help out. I made one mistake in my disruption, empire revival, I should have said renaissance revival. Doesn’t really change any thing though all at about the same time period.
I have a home filled with mid Victorian furniture, own a mid victorian home actually in S.W Ontario. All things Victorian is what got me interested in Chinese porcelain, I may have caught a slight case of porcelain fever😀. The Victorians had a passion for porcelain, well any thing exotic from the far flung corners of the world.
Your chair, clean it up as best you can set in a corner were it will be seen and appreciated. Add a period lamp stand and some antique blue and white or Famille Rose and it will look grand.
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