The other day, I was visiting the upholstery shop with my friend, Christopher, who had to pick up a few pillows that they were making for him. I saw a set of four chairs that literally stopped me in my tracks. They were scattered around the workshop in various states of finish. I am not sure of the style, but they had the most elegant lines, with beautiful gilded wood and a stunning spiral design on the arms. Their backs were high and graceful. I was enchanted and took lots of pictures of the chairs, never expecting to see them again.
Today, Christopher and I went to Halcyon House, the antiques shop owned by Baltimore’s incredibly stylish Stiles Colwill (more pix of this fabulous place soon). As we wandered through one of the bedrooms, which was filled with John Robshaw textiles and furnishings, I spotted THE CHAIR in the corner of the room! Seriously, isn’t this just the most gorgeous chair? I love that it’s not covered in a traditional plain linen or velvet fabric, but the fun John Robshaw linen and cotton print, Madura Lapis! The trims on the chair are extraordinary, too. The pale blue that follows the gilt wood is perfection and the white and two blues piping that outlines the cushions is fabulous! The chair’s gilt wood detailing is amazing. The spiral with dots, topped by an acanthus leaf is sublime. The set of four chairs that I saw at the upholstery shop are apparently older than this version, but they echo each other perfectly.
As you can probably tell, I am just madly in love with this special chair. And as soon as I save up the $4,500 asking price, I am adding it to my collection!