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Posted 3 years ago

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havenrain
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Can anyone help me identify this chair? I purchased this round bottom, carved wood chair at an estate auction, and the only marking is a partial label underneath that reads: The Ford & Johnson Co. Cincinnati, Ohio. I have searched the web, and can't find one like it. I would like to know more about it. Perhaps someone who is fimiliar with antiques could help me. Anything you can tell me about the chair will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time. I just added another pic, because I didn't see the creatures face in the carving until now!

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  1. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 3 years ago
    Found this in Arts and Crafts Furniture:>
    Maker: Ford, J. S., Johnson and Company
    Year: 1867-1913
    Reference: The Official Price Guide to American Arts & Crafts 3rd Ed., David Rago and Bruce Johnson

    Notes: Ford, J. S., Johnson and Co. Chicago retailer. 1867-1913. John S. Ford and Henry W. Johnson, founders. Factory in Michigan City, IN. Called second largest chair manufacturer in US; various styles; high quality A&C openly imitating Gustav Stickley chair designs. Red shopmark.
  2. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
    Check out this link. Scroll down until you come to the Renaissance Style Chair.
    http://www.squidoo.com/AGuidetoAntiqueCHAIRIdentification

    I ran across the link looking for a chair I have and recalled your post. Not sure it will help much but perhaps you could combine the maker name and chair style and find something using that for a search string in Google. Good Luck.
  3. havenrain havenrain, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the comments, but still can't seem to find the exact chair.
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    I just found mention of a catalogue for 1906/7 at this address:
    http://www.grpl.org/wiki/images/Michigan_Artisan_1906-05-25.pdf

    The "Michigan Artisan" is well worth a look.Your chair is not there but it talks about a large catalogue.
  5. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
    Ford & Johnson also made chairs for Hitchcock it could have been something in their line.
  6. havenrain havenrain, 3 years ago
    Thanks fhrjr2, I will research it. I just added another picture, because I just now noticed the lion/dragon/creature??
  7. oldhippee, 3 years ago
    Hey, this is a great old chair, and you did get some wonderful information it seems! thank you to fhrjr2 and vetriao50 from on this. We have a beautiful old chair and I'm going to look thru the links and be posting ours soon, with some ' information' I hope!
  8. havenrain havenrain, 3 years ago
    Thanks so much oldhippee!
  9. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    Its basically called a savonarola chair. That is the style. As with most chairs, the goal is not to find the exact same chair, but to find similar, as a lot of furniture stores changed their take on the chair. The lions head motif is a common and popular one.

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