Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Antique chair



I would like to know more about this chair if possible. I just got it from a store up state New York. The store owner said it was 18th century, I'm not sure. I have looked all over the internet and haven't seen any other chair that looked like this.
The seat has worn off, it seems it was a red/maroon leather seat with cotton between the leather and the burlap(?). Underneath that there are still strips of linen/burlap in the cut out of the wood.
I have more images if needed.
Thank you in advance for your help.

This chair, a different form of a Savonarola chair.  It is a different take on the Savonarola style with an oriental flair which was in vogue at the time as the orient was beginning to open up to trade on a very limited scale.

It was made around 1890-1920 at the earliest.  The wood is figured birch and birch stained with a water based dye to resemble mahogany as was common at the time.

a fair retail price in a shop would be around 650-850 depending on the type of store.

at one time the padding would have been horse and pig hair with a thin cotton batting over the hair.

This is a very nice chair and appears to be in excellent condition.  I urge you to use some furniture paste wax like Johnsons floor paste wax or antique mahogany color Briwax.

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In regards to American antique, vintage and collectible furniture I can help with wood identification, styles, age, periods, historical coatings, materials, techniques, repair, restoration, refinishing, and value. I do not study mid century and later furniture nor do I deal in lamps, and other smalls. You may ask for values and I will give you current market values, I will not give you 'feel good' values. Understand that there are many factors that contribute to market value. If you want a feel good, unrealistic number, please call a local inexperienced appraiser. It is my desire to help you and in doing so I increase my knowledge as well. For that I thank you.


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