1940s Gustavian Ivory Klismos Dining Chairs - Set of 6
These Regency chairs were hand-crafted in mahogany in the 1940s or ‘50s in the Biggs workshop in Richmond, Virginia, a ...
moreThese Regency chairs were hand-crafted in mahogany in the 1940s or ‘50s in the Biggs workshop in Richmond, Virginia, a 20th Century maker of high-end, classic furniture. Sadly, hand-crafted furniture could not compete with mass produced furniture, and the Biggs company was bought out in 1975. The lovely curved back of these chairs features a handsomely embellished, carved rail. The seat sits on simple saber legs. (The seat is a “slip seat”, easy to re-upholster whenever you have a whim to re-decorate.) The klismos design originated with the ancient Greeks over two millennia ago, dating back to the 5th Century BCE. These 20th Century chairs have been given an aged and distressed Gustavian off-white enamel finish, and they’ve been newly upholstered with a more up-to-date fabric, a heavy cotton matelassé that matches the enamel in accordance with the Gustavian style. (The fabric is shown in the third photo.) The clean lines and neutral colors give these chairs broad versatility with a wide range of palettes and design schemes.
Do your homework and compare them to the Gustavian furniture being sold on-line today, much of which is mass produced and shoddily manufactured. You can have hand-crafted, solid mahogany chairs for a fraction of the price!
The chairs measure 33 ½ inches high, and the seats are 17 ½ inches from the floor. They are 19 inches deep. There are four side chairs and two captains chairs. The side chairs measure 19 inches wide, and the arm chairs measure 23 inches wide.
- 19ʺW × 19ʺD × 33.5ʺH
- Good Condition, Vintage / Antique / Used, Original Design Modified, Some Imperfections
- Condition Notes
- Given an aged, off-white (ivory) finish and newly re-upholstered, these chairs are now in what some would describe as "like ... more Given an aged, off-white (ivory) finish and newly re-upholstered, these chairs are now in what some would describe as "like new" condition. When we acquired these chairs, one of them had undergone a repair which appeared to be well done, but was visible, nonetheless. With the new antique white finish, we are now uncertain about which chair had the repair! All of the chairs are sound, sturdy , and wobble-free. less
- Seat Height
- 17.5 inches
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