The Proud Lady and the Dark Horse

Today I offer a juxtaposition of two rocking chairs with quite distinct personalities.

First, there is the Proud Lady, a strong-minded widow that remembers other days.

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Dressed in dark wood and dark blue velvet, she holds her age well. Madam believes in the old, heavy finery and grand, stately carriage, barely betrayed by slightly rickety joints.

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Very important in learning the qualities of a seat is to glance at the construction of the underpinnings. This proud rocking chair bears the scrutiny well – especially the neatly finished upholstery.

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Lastly, a profile of the rockers themselves, very informative of what the rocking experience will be like.

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Next, the Dark Horse. As you may know, that is the term for the horse that comes out of nowhere in the race and suddenly wins. It is a fitting appellation for this rocking chair, for, though it obviously has character and a past, it came to us with no information, no history, no pedigree. And it takes at least a second glance to appreciate its qualities.

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Smooth, flowing lines; a simple shape; unassuming lattice woven back and seat; all plain in itemization, but beautiful in summation. The age is only told by the cautionary ease someone must use if she should choose to sit on it.

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Its underpinnings show the work of care and detail. A lot of work went on, unseen, to bring this filly to the stalls.

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Now, with the profile of the rockers, we see why this dark horse may win. Note the simple yet elegant and shapely curve at the tips – where form and function meet. The gentle curve reverse is a safety catch for the rock-ee, and a touch of beauty that is, alas, missing from the proud marchioness.

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Both rocking chairs are going for “best offer.” Which do you think will win?

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Homestead Steady

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A mental image of the down-home, Roots-with-capital-R, is nothing without the steady back and forth of the matriarchal rocking chair.

This rocker fits perfectly in the scene of homestead life. It is solid, all-wood, with a long, smooth, deep-swaying rock. None of that new-tangled finery here, only a simple twist to show that all form is not for function.

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It has a wide seat, smoothed out in ergonomic nicety so that a cushion is not a necessity for comfort.
Can you see it at your fireside?

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Tea For Two

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This cosy little pair of parsons chairs would be ideal for a couple’s breakfast nook. They are sturdy chairs, barely used, they were more for looks at their former home.
Now, let these chairs enter yours so they can show their full potential. The upholstering was expertly done – even the legs themselves, well hidden by skirts and corner skirts, are covered evenly by the custom light beige fabric with the dark brown flocking design.

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Upbeat Updates

Circumstances have dictated that I take a moment to appraise the viewer to a few changes. Don’t worry, they are not sad or life threatening, but you may like to know of them.

-The Peony Garden dishes from Lenox (in the post Beautiful Antique Table) have been sold.
– The Oneida Splendid Platinum dining china (from Badash Crystal and its Costars) has also found a home.
-The main items in the From Germany, With Love post (the bird plates) have winged away since their blog debut.
– A dining room not to far away is now brightened by the presence of the Chinoiserie dining set featured in the Century Dining Table post.
And…
– The recently acquired Island buffet made by Stanley furniture will depart from our store this week to cheer the walls of another home.

You may ask why I chose this post to make these announcements. It is because it alters considerable the price for the series of furniture I have been highlighting. Now that the buffet has been sold, the dining table and chairs will be much easier to purchase.
The retail price for the handsome dining table of somber yet shining dark wood and accompanying chairs hovers at $7273.00. Staggering!
The price that Interior Images is proffering for this set and the custom glass table topper to the public is ~ drumroll please~ $3900.00

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A full length photo of the dining table (not just one of its legs) will be coming forthwith.

2nd in a Series

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Of course, a sideboard is incomplete without the dining equipage, and a key part of the dining equipage would be dining chairs.

This set of six has some excellent characteristics. Each seat has an attached cushion and roll pillow of matching white fabric. The frame of dark wood is in prime condition with a high sheen. The backs are filled with rattan weave of the same color as the wood.

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The retail price for these chairs amounts to $3594, or $599 each. Wait for the end of this series to see the astounding price at Interior Images.

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Wait for it…. Wait for it…

Seating Solution

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A pretty, upholstered bench is a nice solution for a large, long room. It provides the seating to complete a conversation area, but does not seal it from the rest of the room, as it has no back. The occupants of this versatile piece of furniture can face either way with ease.
This particular bench is upholstered with a classy striped fabric that curls about the curved arms and sets off the carved wood quite nicely. It is wide enough for two but one would not look lonely. The starting price is $300.

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Character Counts, and this Chair has It!

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This little chair may not look like much, but that assumption is blown to pieces the moment you sit down. It is worn smooth by untold years of use. The strength of this chair, however, belies its age. While being simply made, with no elaborate joints etc, it is solid as the Rock of Gibraltar (and much easier to move). The secret to this stability lies in part with the seat base – it is one piece of wood. It’s basically a cross-section of a trunk, and gives one the feeling of sitting on a stump – a stump with legs and a back.
Pick up this bit of history of homesteads for a song, or, more specifically, $25.

Fabulous Fauteuils

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What does this prove? These fancy armchairs are for everybody. Varying styles ( from Rococo to Contemporary) varying origins (consigned Ethan Allen to new Stein World). To sit primly on two sides of an etagere or to beckon encouragingly beside the fire. We have all sorts.

Sturdy Antique Armchair

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This finely made antique armchair is a true find. The arms and head of the back of the chair are of subtly carved wood. The front feet have casters (for easy moving about the room) and the back do not (so you don’t slide around when you get there). There are a few minor stains on the seat, otherwise the beautiful striped fabric is in excellent condition. This chair for all seasons is quite a bargain at $475!

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