Christmas arrived a little early this year. Lalo, my faithful upholsterer of the past nine years delivered this pair of French Deco period barrel-back bergeres on Tuesday.
Lalo had just spent nearly a month in the hospital with a very serious peritoneal infection that progressed to sepsis. I spent many days praying for him as the outcome was tenuous. I am so grateful that Lalo is a very strong, determined man--- he has just started back to work after a two month recovery.
Infections are not something to overlook: Lalo had spent a couple of days thinking that it was a minor problem and had a fever of 109 by the time he first arrived at the hospital. I'm sure that Lalo's wife and children will be greeting this Christmas Day with very thankful hearts.
Bravo Lalo--and thank you for the beautiful job that you did on my chairs--it was definitely worth the wait.
These period Deco chairs have quite a few bells and whistles: the frame are carved walnut in a Louis XV style, at one point they were entirely gilded, and have acquired a deep natural patina and "chippy" surface which contrasts beautifully with the Ralph Lauren charcoal linen that I chose for the new upholstery. Barrel-back chairs are always good sellers, I think that these guys are up there with the best of their type.
Christmas Eve is on Saturday and with about 20 coming for dinner, I had better get ready to cook.
Sending blessing for a wonderful Christmas surrounded by those that you love.
Mary, Jones & Cole