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Good Shabbos, chair 3

Posted in 19th cent., chair, furniture, Pottier & Stymus Mfg. on March 12, 2010 by babylonbaroque

In my continued effort to find the perfect chair for Shabbos I present this neo-Grec beauty.

Side Chair


attributed to Pottier& Stymus Mfg. Corp.


walnut, mahogany,

rosewood, cedar,

enameled porcelain medallion

approx. 37x18x18

Metropolitan Museum of Art

This is an old favorite of mine, I always look for it when visiting the Met.

I have long favored 19th century Neo-Classical designs for the very reasons  that they are disparaged. I love how the initial plan was for some Grecian purity, then the designer’s mind wandered over to the Egypto palm designs. Owen Jones made it way to easy to pop over from one century and country to another.

For that I am thankful.

I first came to love the prettiness of pale pinks and blues because of this lovely medallion.

I love the lotus patterns, picked out in gilt, the incised decoration lending a refinded barbarity to the chair.

Really, it’s just a fantastic chair.

Good Shabbos.