Sunday, February 26, 2012
One Of My Hobbies Is Trying To ID Vintage Modern Furniture And Whatnot. I Like To Think I'm Pretty Good At It But Really, I Just Don't Mind Spending Too Much Time Trying! Status: And Sometimes I Get Lucky.
The VERY FIRST e-mail I received from the new "Inquiries and IDs" e-mail address (above and to the right) was from a couple who I met at an estate sale last year. They had bought a good size Kent Coffey buffet and I offered to help them get it home since I had room in Frank and they weren't too far away. We all became fast acquaintances and they recently acquired a really neat chair and wondered if I might be able to help them ID it.
(you may know them from the
comments as CC) contacted
me a little over a week ago
asking if I might be able to help
them identify this chair that they
had recently acquired. They
sent me an e-mail with four
good pictures from various
angles; Front 3/4, Back 3/4,
Full Front and Full Back.
This was so much help because
getting an ID on something like
this comes down to details.
For some reason my first
instinct was Grete Jalk so I
sent them a quick note saying
so and asked if they'd be down
with me using the photographs
they sent me for a blog post.
I figured either I'd figure out
what the chair was and get to
brag about it or I'd fail
miserably and mine the
considerable brain power of
this blog's readership for an
Well, the Grete Jalk inspiration went nowhere. It's so not a Grete Jalk design, but in looking
around at Jalk chairs I stumbled upon a couple pics of Finn Juhl stuff and it looked pretty close.
So I did a Google Image search for Finn Juhl chairs and within just a few minutes I had found
the chair! Turns out it's a "Delegate" chair designed by Finn Juhl for Baker.
So then, after sending them the good news, I had to ask if it might be OK if I dropped by with
my camera to take pics for the blog and hang out for a bit. They were more than welcoming to
me and my obsessive compulsive photography habits. They also have a REALLY nice joint and
I'm hoping that I didn't wear out my welcome (oh yeah...I was there for like 2 hours...for a
dozen pics) because I'd love to have the opportunity to share a tour of their pad with you soon!
They have superb taste and some really nice stuff.
The Clueless Campers received this chair from a friend who pulled it from the trash. Yes, really.
Somebody threw this out. Oh sure, it needs a tiny bit of help to be a nice vintage chair if that was
all it really was. Being that it's a bit more than just a nice vintage chair it maybe deserves a little
more attention...but how much more? We discussed this at length and all came to our own
conclusions. Should it be refinished and if so should it be done by a professional or would a
home / garage job be OK?
Is the upholstery original (we don't think so based on the screws holding the seat to the frame
but it might still be) and if so, should it be preserved? There are some "cat scratch" areas that
aren't too bad and could be cleaned up with a little clipping. The seat cushion has sorta collapsed
and the webbing could use a little tightening up.
Since the Clueless Campers are leaning towards keeping the Delegate Chair my thoughts were
to "skin" the seat and replace the cushion and webbing as needed, then pull the seat upholstery
back on. Take the "seat" off and give the wood a light refinish, maybe with some of the
Howard's products. Nothing too drastic but enough to help the chair shine like the jewel it
really is. A full restoration could always be done later if the time came to sell the chair. What
do you think?