How can I tell if my chaise lounge is an antique?

TnaBSeptember 4, 2011

Hi, there.

This past winter I purchased a chaise that I was told was an antique. I liked it whether or not it was, so if it turns out not to be, that's fine by me.

But I am curious and would appreciate any help figuring out if it is and if so what style it is and about when it was made. I really know nothing about antiques other than the fact that I like looking at them. :-)

Any info would be appreciated.

Here is a link that might be useful:

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Mikk

Close up photos would be helpful. Legs, undersides, fabric tacking, any markings... etc.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2011 at 6:17PM
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TnaB

Okay, will do. I'll try to get those done ASAP.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2011 at 6:32PM
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TnaB

Well, in looking underneath it in order to take photos I found a modern "made in Indonesia" sticker, so that answers the antique question. :-)

Sorry to have wasted your time.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2011 at 9:26PM
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karinl

Pretty! I'd like it either way too :-)

Karin L

    Bookmark   September 5, 2011 at 2:54PM
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annie1971

It's never a waste of time to enlighten others on the traps and pitfalls of purchasing from unscrupulous people. If you bought it from a dealer, you should voice your opinion. The good thing is you like the piece and it doesn't have to be an antique to fit nicely in your decor.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2011 at 2:55PM
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cyn427

I agree with the others-pretty and never a waste of time to ask! Not being any sort of expert at all, I learn so much here from the questions of others.

One note (hope you don't mind), but rather than chaise lounge, the correct term is chaise longue (long chair). The style of yours has often been called a fainting couch as well or a recamier sofa after the David painting of Mme. Recamier (can you tell I majored in French and minored in Art History? lol).

No matter what, have fun and enjoy your new furniture! Leaning back with a box of chocolates and a great romantic movie would be perfect!

    Bookmark   September 5, 2011 at 6:36PM
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annie1971

TnaB: There you go! You have a longue and a place to land when next you get the vapors! Have fun with it.
Annie

    Bookmark   September 5, 2011 at 6:55PM
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lindac

That chaise is so very stereo typical of a renaissance style piece tat if it had been a real antique it would have sold for several thousands of dollars. I hope you didn't pay "old price" for a cheap repro. It is what it is....and if you like it, great....but it's not worth a lot. If it was sold as an antique I would be very angry!
Linda C

    Bookmark   September 5, 2011 at 7:02PM
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karinl

It actually wouldn't be a bad thing to still post photos of the underside etc. We do see antique ones often enough that it might be helpful to people to see what non-antique looks like.

Karin L

    Bookmark   September 5, 2011 at 11:44PM
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TnaB

Thank you everyone for your replies. I bought this from a private person who I believe honestly thought it was an antique, based on what the person they originally purchased it from told them. As I said, I'm really happy with the piece either way, and I didn't pay a fortune for it, so it's okay by me.

I'd never heard of a "chaise longue". Always good to learn something new. Should they all be referred to as longues, or does that just refer to the style of my chaise? Thanks for the info.

And here are a few detail photos, as suggested, in case those are helpful to anyone.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   September 6, 2011 at 1:50AM
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sombreuil_mongrel

It's also known as a "recamier"
Casey

    Bookmark   September 6, 2011 at 9:32AM
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TnaB

Thanks, Casey. That's also a new term on me.

I tried to post these additional photos last night, but it told me I couldn't post another follow-up.

Close up of upper portion of the seat
http://imprints.zenfolio.com/img/v19/p899551769-3.jpg

The inside/underneath of one of the front legs
http://imprints.zenfolio.com/img/v1/p668443651.jpg

    Bookmark   September 6, 2011 at 9:40AM
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lindac

Cyn424 gave a good account of other terws for the piece above.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2011 at 10:32AM
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Fori is not pleased

I think it's a nice one. There are some pretty bad reproductions out there but this one is pretty and doesn't look low end. It doesn't have pink stripes, either, which is a nice plus!

    Bookmark   September 6, 2011 at 12:06PM
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TnaB

I did see that. I was mostly curious if chaise "lounge" was never a correct term or if it was only incorrect for my piece. Before this thread, I'd never heard of recamier either, although I had heard of fainting couches.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2011 at 12:08PM
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sombreuil_mongrel

lindac, I missed it the first time, oops.
Casey

    Bookmark   September 6, 2011 at 6:57PM
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lindac

The word Lounge...is a mispronunciation of the chaise longue....
Lounge has Scottish roots meaning lie full length....while the longue "chair" is from the French.
Your piece is not really a chaise longue....which is more of a chair with an extension, but a true Recalmier

Here is a link that might be useful: Chaise Longue

    Bookmark   September 7, 2011 at 1:34PM
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TnaB

I'm sorry to just now be getting back to this, but I wanted to be sure and thank you all for the information. I learned a lot.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 5:36PM
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