Historic Revival Savonarola Chair, Circa 1900

This is a design that is fascinating to me. I bought this some years ago at an auction and overpaid, but that is life! The appraisal that has just been completed gave $500.00 as a fair current value, after review of the condition, etc.

Please pay particular attention to the photos. I have tried to be very clear about wear. I am not knowledgeable in antique furniture, so I have had this chair appraised. The appraiser's history notes, as well as his recommendations for care of the chair follow.

This type of chair was originally a folding design for officers in the field with armies and other applications. It originated as you see it here in the Italian Renaissance period. The stationary version as seen here was very popular and enjoyed many revivals. The last of these was around the turn of the (last) Century.

The style termed Klismos when describing a chair refers to the design prevalent in Ancient Greece. The form has been reproduced numerous times in the subsequent Centuries with varying degrees of adherence to the historical details. Sometimes it merely refers to the shape of the leg on a chair.

The Victorian Era was a period when major innovations were introduced and there were a large number of inventions patented - more than in any previous era. In effect the machine age began in the 1830's and progressed rapidly from there. As a result of this the process of furniture making was now largely done with the variety of machines invented for the purpose by this time. The speeded up process meant that previously entirely hand-made furniture as well as other objects were now more affordable. It was now possible for the middle class to own well-made ornate furniture that was in style. Items such as this were available in the furniture stores and catalogs of the time.

Appraiser Tips: Antique Furniture Polishing, Cleaning and Dusting: The patina on the surface of antique furniture builds up over many years even with old marks and damage, it is part of the character and value of a piece of furniture and should be preserved. Waxing antique furniture with a good quality natural beeswax (not spray polishes), brings out the color and grain of the wood and provides protection. Put a small amount of polish on a soft cloth and rub the piece until the wax on the cloth shines which will burnish the surface and evaporate any solvent. Then polish with a clean duster. If possible apply the wax at night to allow it to nourish the wood and polish the following day. If the wood has become very dry, the wax will soak in rapidly and should be applied regularly until a good patina has developed. Normally wax polish need not be used more than once every few months as too much wax will cause dullness and absorb dust. However, frequent dusting is important using a clean, dry, soft duster. This will encourage a hard skin to form which enhances the patina.

Environmental Conditions - Light, Central Heating and Humidity Sunlight and humidity as well as central heating and pollutants in the air can affect organic materials like wood, fabric and leather. Therefore it pays to give a little thought to the environment in which furniture is kept and to examine it from time to time to check for damage. Do not to keep fine furniture in strong sunlight which will fade its color. Roller sun blinds cut out rays of the sun without darkening a room, or curtains can be drawn during the day when a room is not in use. Fluctuations in temperature and humidity can damage furniture, especially inlaid or veneered pieces. Central heating dries the air so the moisture needs replacing. Humidifiers can be readily bought, ranging from simple devices that clip on radiators to sophisticated electric models. Even placing a bowl of water near the furniture can be of help. Damp rooms can also cause problems which can be avoided by using a dehumidifier. The ideal humidity level is around 50 to 55 per cent and this can be checked with humidity indicator cards, strips or a garden hygrometer. The room temperature should be kept as constant as possible, with central heating left on low at night. Rooms should be kept well aired. If in spite of precautions furniture starts to warp or split, do catch the problem early and contact a professional restorer immediately. Antique furniture should be treated with care and respect. Never tilt back on a chair or drag furniture rather than lift it. Restoration Honest and sympathetic restoration is quite acceptable for antique furniture. However, it should only be done by reputable professional restorers who will use the correct traditional materials. Chipped or lifted veneers should be professionally repaired as soon as possible. Only water-soluble wood glue should be used for minor repairs undertaken at home. Small chips of wood, veneer etc. can be held in place with masking tape (not sellotape) while glue is setting or prior to professional restoration.

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Item ID: A5159

$500 USD

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