Sunday, April 15, 2012

Auction Time: I Scored-- (I Think?)


Last Wednesday I previewed my usual Thursday auction and there really wasn't much to buy--but I did spy a set of 6 early 20th c. Steamer Deck Chairs. Now I know virtually nothing about Deck Chairs, except for the fact that I have always thought that they were pretty cool (I will never take a sea voyage as I can't stand to be controlled for a long stretch of time) and that Deck Chairs would be the closest I would ever come to a trans-oceanic voyage. And there they were sitting pretty, all lined up in two rows.

I think that these chairs date to the first half of the 20th c. They are solid mahogany with brass fittings and pegged construction. Although these chairs are simple in form, the quality of materials and construction details make them an excellent buy. And I have six from the same ship. Roberto is coming next week to clean and hard paste wax them so that they will really struct their stuff. There guys are super comfortable; a cushion can be added for extra height and comfort.

I think these chairs would be great paired with an antique French walnut or American farm table. They would also work well with mid-century design and would add a minimalist detail to a more elaborate setting. I love to mix high and low, but always make sure that the quality of each piece is on the same level as the other decorative elements in a room.

Thanks for joining me on the hunt--you just never know what is going to turn up.

Mary and Jones (and Cole)

Here are a few more detail shots of the Deck Chairs. (I still can't get the photos positioned where I want them--unhappy face)


  1. Those are stunning. I have an old photograph of Princess Grace on the deck of the Queen Elizabeth and she is playing a good game of shuffleboard and those chairs are on that deck too, well they look just like that. All hands and chairs on deck!

    1. Hi Patricia, I was so excited to find these guys. They are even better in person and sculptural. Thanks for all of your comments. Have a wonderful Spring day. Mary