MANLY ANTIQUE CENTRE
DESIGNER DINING CHAIRS
The origins of this unique set of six dining chairs are sadly unknown to us.
A unique combination of solid cow hide leather seats and backs attached to their
almost industrial style hand wrought iron & copper frames by wide leather strapping.
(The top of the back of each chair has a large round copper knob as a terminal).
We can only estimate their age but we are thinking mid 20th century as this was
when there was a resurgence in this hand crafted almost saddle-maker type
leather work for furniture (as well as handbags, cowboy boots etc).
They are strong, well made chairs that are also super comfortable to sit on.
The cow hide is thick - not like the leather you get on furniture today -
and it could possibly be buffalo hide it is that thick.
There is no damage as such although the copper ball terminals have lumps
and bumps but I think this is how they were made to go with the rustic style.
These are not a style of chair that turns up very often but they will look just
as fabulous with a modern table as they do with our 19th century Indian Raj
hardwood table that you can see in the photos (a gorgeous thing as well).
After doing an extensive internet search I have not found any other chairs quite like these.
These dining chairs are almost Medieval Cowboy/Game of Thrones in design.
I have found a few manufacturers (mainly in the USA) who make hand forged metal chairs
for around $900US per chair for non leather & $1500US per chair for leather.
They are a little more modern in design but the have the same 'bones' as ours.
I also found a fabulous set of 12 gilt metal chairs from the 1980s designed by a reknown
20th century female designer Ilana Goor for $36,000 (nothing like ours really but fab all the same).
Although I can't attribute our set to a specific maker or designer they are still stunning
quality hand made chairs; unique in design; in excellent condition & very reasonably priced.
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