Thursday, December 6, 2012

CHAIR UPDATES--(Addiction Updates)

This is Bob, a master upholsterer. I just picked up my Cockfighting/Reading Chair from Bob. And true to form, the workmanship is exquisite. If I want my antique chairs done right, I always take them to Bob. Yes, he is pricey, but I never have to worry, as Bob is always in top form.

I chose to upholster this chair in Edelman leather and "hammered" brass nail heads. Bob's seams, as well as his nail applications are always perfect. There are many, many nail heads and each one is perfectly positioned.
This Cockfighting chair dates to c. 1820-25 and is a wonderful example of this form, although  simple in style.


My pair of late 19th/early 20th c. French Chauffeuse. This charming pair of little chairs was a sleeper at the auction because they looked like this...... 

Very bedraggled, with damage to the caned back of one chair, etc. But Bob did a wonderful job on bringing them back to their original glory. To create perfect cushions, Bob makes a new pattern and stitches a dummy cushion to ensure that the curves perfectly match the shape of the chair. I chose a Beacon Hill green with gold silk strie and trimmed them in a 19th c. French green and gold metallic ribbon instead of gimp. Don't they look fantastic with the early 20th c. Fortuny pillows which are also trimmed in 19th c. gold and silver fringe?  (Roberto is coming next week to complete work on the finish) NOW:  to find a buyer.

Move Update:
Nothing much has happened this week--looks like next week the paneling will get installed and things will get crackin'.

Jones' leg is better, but he still can't exercise for another week or so......will my shoes survive? Jones is the master stealth shoe destroyer if he doesn't get enough exercise and he always picks the newest pair to work on.

Thanks for stopping by.

Mary and Jones (& Cole)


  1. Mary the chairs are more than fabulous now. Your Upholsterer, Bravo! The fabrics are perfect and I love the Fortuny Pillows!

    Art by Karena

    1. Hi Karena, Thank you. I am in love with these guys. Hope that all is well and moving forward.
      xoxo Mary

  2. I just acquired a cock fighting chair (I think) was wondering, would you know what it is worth? Looks almost identical to yours with a few differences. I tried attaching picture but couldn't. Thank you

    1. Hi, I'm so sorry, I do not provide appraisals as there are so many variables to each type of item. Good luck with your hunt. You could check out the several hosting sites, including eBay.