Rare Antique Narra Wood Dining Set
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Beautiful antique hand carved solid Narra Dining Set. Originally brought to the US by a decorated Viet-Cong General. We do ...
moreBeautiful antique hand carved solid Narra Dining Set. Originally brought to the US by a decorated Viet-Cong General. We do not have official documents to show who made the set or how old it is or how the former General acquired it. We do know the General immigrated to the US in the late 1970s and this set came with him. He lived in the Marin area, and his family sold the set to my grandfather in the 1990s for cash in an estate sale. Unfortunately my grandpa passed away last year and we have not found any records to retrace the table's history.
The set was my grandpa's pride and joy, every person I have seen who viewed the table for the first time had to spend a minute on a double-take. He was quite meticulous and protective in taking care of many of his wooden furniture pieces. Narra is the national tree of the Philippines. It is ILLEGAL to cut down Narra trees because it is an endangered species, but trees knocked down by storms can be used. After scouring Chairish, I have yet to find a similar set or any significant Narra pieces making a set like this quite rare in the US.
The set was completely reupholstered last year, including the cushions that had disintegrated into dust. High density foam and new fabric was used along with the original wood frame and springs. To prepare for sale, the set was hand cleaned because of all the intricate carvings and tiny crevices that could only be accessed with cue-tips and toothbrush. The wood was then treated with finish and thoroughly inspected with every possible spot or mark corrected. We are looking for a home that will appreciate all the work gone into this set.
The table has a carved face, as well as carved edging to go with fascia and legs. The chairs are carved on front and back along. There are a few beauty marks on the table, which we presume happened during the trip across the Pacific, that were filled in with some kind of glue or wood filler. Fortunately, these blemishes are not found in the most prominent regions and do not degrade the aesthetic appeal. We feel they add to the character and history of the set, and can be seen in the pictures. Narra is quite hard, and makes certain repair more risky so we have left them alone for now since they blend into the table. Table comes with a 1/2 inch fitted glass surface
We would prefer local pickup or delivery. Willing to consider farther delivery on case by case (negotiable) basis. less
- 74.5ʺW × 39.5ʺD × 30.5ʺH
- Asian Antique
- Vintage / Antique / Used, Restored, Some Imperfections
- Condition Notes
- Excellent - Minor wear consistent with age and history Excellent - Minor wear consistent with age and history less
- Seat Height
- 49.0 inches
- Seat Interior Depth
- 20.0 inches
- Seat Interior Width
- 18.0 inches
- Table Base
- Table Shape
- Table Knee Clearance
- 26.0 inches
- Table Leaf Width
- 39.5 inches
- Number of Leaves
Trevor T. in Novato, CA
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