Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Modern Cloth on a Classic Seat

Something I've talked about before is the pleasure I get from seeing classic pieces of antique furniture brought to life with bright modern upholstery. Even the most fabulously aged piece can sometimes become a little drab and tired with their existing and sometimes dirty or worn upholstery.
A Fine Pair of English George II walnut Gainsborough Armchairs, upholstered in a beautifully vibrant fabric. Offered by  www.osullivanantiques.com
19th Century English Carved Oak Window Seat with modern upholstery, Offered by  www.antiquefurniture.tv
 Obviously a little common sense does need to prevail when it comes to recovering antique furniture and its  always worth taking some expert advice and using a good upholsterer, both of which will protect your investment and possibly make you a small profit in the long term. Another option worth discussing with your dealer/upholsterer is the option of just laying new fabrics over the old as not to disturb the original covering which occasionally can almost be worth as much as the piece itself... Sometimes this just isn't a viable option but its certainly worth asking the experts for their opinions before undertaking such a project.

An Early 20th Century Chaise Re Upholstered in Quilted Saris. Offered by;  www.lillianaugust.com/

On the other hand  simpler pieces of furniture such as dining chairs and stools  often have what we term as "drop in" seats which are fairly easily recovered and there is a heap of sites online to show you how.
One of a set of six Swedish Gustavian Dining Chairs (Note the "drop in" style seat)  Offered by http://www.laserowantiques.com/
A Oak Barley Twist Stool with "drop in " Seat, Circa 1900. Offered bywww.fernworksantiques.com 

In this posting, pictures definitely speak louder than words so here's a few more that caught my eye..
A French Painted Bergere Circa 1750, Offered by www.nptrentantiques.com
A Swedish Carved Settee Circ 1890, Re upholstered in Orange, yellow & green chinoiserie fabric by Bob Collins.
 Offered by www.pennylong.1stdibs.com
A Pair of Mahogany Victorian Side Chairs Circa 1890, Newly upholstered  in  Buttersoft  Hermes Orange Leather.
Offered By www.gustavoolivieriantiques.com

A Pair of Swedish "Channel Backed" Armchairs newly upholstered in  Yellow floral fabric.
Offered By www.comerandco.com

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