Something Old is pleased to present an "important ornate armchair, Wakefield Rattan Company, circa 1880." This armchair is pictured in an ad in the April, 1984 issue of Antiques magazine placed by Elizabeth & Richard King, Inc., dealers of "Antique American Wicker Furniture", Northeast Harbor, Maine.
The chair is in remarkable condition having survived approximately 125 years. There is some weakness in the seat as shown in the photos. I would consider this to be a decorative object only. NOTE: I have a folder of 18 photos of the chair. Send me your email address if you would like to see all of them.
The elaborate weaving, plaiting, and curliques are an amazing work of craftsmanship---I shall say, art. The piece has a bi-color finish of (dirty) cream and caramel. Note the woven medallion back surrounded by braid inside of the elaborate curlique frame. The bent arms rest on the same bulbous ornamental weaving as appears in the posts and on the legs.
Cyrus Wakefield, a grocer by trade, found a real talent in bending the rattan that he scavenged from Chinese clipper ships to become a force to be reckoned with in the furniture business. He established the Wakefield Rattan Company in South Reading, Massachusetts, in 1855, finally merging with Heywood Brothers in 1897.
The paper label attached to the underside of this chair is from Wakefield Rattan Co., dating it between 1855-1897. The pattern number written in pencil is 3656.
The photos given are an integral part of this listing. Please take a close look at all of them. Email me with any questions that you might have.
Overall height is 41 1/4". Width is 21 1/2". Seat depth is 17 1/2". Seat width is 20". Seat height is 16".
THIS SALE WILL HAVE TO BE LOCAL PICKUP ONLY.
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