Set of six walnut and burl walnut Eastlake Victorian dining chairs consisting of two arm chairs and four side chairs. Unusual to find a nice set of six in this most versatile and desirable form. These were well made in 1875-80 era. Wonderful quality, solid and sturdy. The original stretchers under the seat match each other per chair but are of two different configurations. That is the only difference. I have seen this happen in other sets as well. See pictures for details. Carved back rail has leafy and diamond (lozenge) carvings with incise detail.
LAST TWO PICTURES; show chairs after touch up, cleaning, and relacquering.
They are sound and tight. We will most likely clean these with the proper solvents to remove all dirt, degraded coating, and other contaminants. Following that we will tape off the fabric then recolor and coat the wood with shellac followed by satin lacquer. They will look fresh but satin in sheen. I say that our cleanup and recoloring + recoating is better than most places complete refinishing jobs and are smooth. To clarify, we like to restore items to look as if they were well cared for rather than looking like new. If a customer wants an item to look new I feel it is our obligation to re-educate.
I know the only beauty now is in the form and style but once restored the walnut will glow, the burl strips below and above the upholstered backs will dance, and the overall effect will be awesome.
I usually charge 150 minimum to reglue a loose chair. A broken chair is more. To reglue and refinish a chair is usually 250-350 depending on the style of the chair and what has to be done to make everything right. Sometime it could be more depending on the complexity of the job and chair. This does not include upholstery work. So you can see, a set in which the cost per chair is 250-450 that has been reglued and refinished is a bargain-provided the work was done by a competent restorer.
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