walnut dining chairs are made of solid walnut that has been carefully
paste-waxed in the French tradition to bring out the
color and beauty of the wood.
The four legs are connected by a decorative stretcher just below the seat on the
front, including hand-carved vines and acanthus leaves.
The remaining two stretchers connect the front
legs to the back at the same height. Below the
intersection of the stretchers are round, fluted legs
which terminate in rectangular blocks with rounded bottoms.
Above the stretchers, the legs are shorter fluted
columns crowned by rectangular blocks, giving the legs
a pleasing, balanced look.
Bordering the upholstery of the seat back is a unique decorative design of intricately
carved and alternating flanges, resembling a blend of
the traditional key pattern with dentile moulding. This
treatment also appears on the frieze of the matching
table. Crowning the back of the chair are intricately
carved extensions of verticals where one might expect
to find detachable finials. These reinforce the
overall Renaissance feel of the chairs, being in
the shape of that all-purpose vegetation memorialized
by Renaissance craftsman, the acanthus leaf.
The back of the chairs, in keeping with tradition since
medieval times, is unadorned with the expectation that the
chairs would have their backs up against a wall when
not in use.
Remarkable in an age when antique chairs are often wobbly and unstable, these came to us in excellent
condition and remain stable and sturdy, their joints
as strong now as when initially fabricated. Since
upholstery and springs do not typically fare as well,
these chairs have new springs, foam and fabric for maximum
comfort and versatility. The current fabric is
a poly-silk blend in a rich cream color with shaded
gold and black stripes to set off the color and richness
of the wood to best advantage. (A swatch of the
fabric is available upon request.)