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    Posted 10 years ago

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    This chair was found in an old barn at our family cottage. We believe it was purchased by my late great uncle who was a catholic priest. We have been told that this is a Bishop's chair or a King's chair. The carvings are made into the wood and are not attached onto it by some other means. The heads on the back of the chair seem to resemble a lion or some sort of dragon, as well as the head that is at the middle base of the front. We have known of its existance in the family for approximately 50 years. When it was found, it was not painted. Does anyone have any information on this chair or a type of chair similar to this one? Any information provided would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. aycockonxion aycockonxion, 10 years ago
      Just my 2-cents, but I really don't think it's a kings chair or a bishops chair. It's cool though. Pictures of the underside, joint assembly, any hardware, etc. would be very helpful in dating this piece. Judging only from the 4 pictures posted now, which are almost identical and don't really tell much about the chair itself, it could be 300 years old or it could be 3 years old...
    2. guyfrmatl guyfrmatl, 10 years ago
      GREAT piece!
    3. BHock45 BHock45, 10 years ago
      Let me say this...that is fantastic piece of furniture. I used to study and collect old chairs. I remember seeing a chair exactly like this one in an old book. I will try to dig it up and look for it again. Your chair is a definite keeper!
    4. jlipinski14, 10 years ago
      BHOCK45, Thank you for your comment and I look forward to the possibility of finding out some more information from you!!!
    5. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 1 year ago
      Different construction on the legs its known usually in its purest form as a Savonarola Chair 1700's. The legs usually have an X form to them but this is otherwise a nice take on this type of chair. Usually back carved differently but a gorgeous chair anyway you look at it. I used to have one carved overseas originally in the1700's or 1800's but this is possibly earlier 20th century. The carving here is the carvers take on the style with a nice carved grotesque head on the bottom front. I like the way it is refinished as it suits the style. The originals never had this style carving but I like it possibly better than what the style was. You see them in finer books but not usually on the internet as it is too new info and most of the info is lost on the internet.

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