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sylviatexas1February 9, 2013

can't believe the arcane knowledge a person can find on this forum!


What's the name of a smallish decorative chair (no picture, sorry) from the 1960's, Spanish-looking, with a very narrow back, carved wood, velvet upholstery, usually some shade of avocado?

I looks like the kind of thing that was popular in the late 60's, when everything was Spanish or Mediterranean (sp?), carved, harvest gold or avocado green, crushed velvet, etc.

I saw one at a shop & the owner said she thought she had googled "highback European vintage chair", but I got nowhere with that.

I inherited one, still has the original crushed velvet upholstery, & the only names anyone has come up with so far are "punishment chair" & "dunce chair".

which just ain't right.

crossing my fingers that someone here has an extensve knowledge of interior decorating trivia!

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I can't help you, but some of the posters on the Home Decorating forum are super talented! Try posting this question on that board.

Here is a link that might be useful: Home Decorating

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 3:49PM
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    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 4:25PM
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I remember chairs like those being called "salon" or "dressing" chairs. Fashioned after a small, ornate chair that a woman would sit on in her dressing or salon area while visiting with intimate guests. Picture a lady sitting and doing needlepoint on one of those low chairs, near a fireplace.

I tried to google it, but salon chair brought up barber chairs, and dressing or vanity chairs are more like stools?


    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 4:31PM
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You might check Antique Roadshow--they seem to have alot of unusual items, and some not so old.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 4:38PM
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I know what you are talking about, Sylvia, but I didn't know they had any particular name. I remember in the '60's when Spanish decor was very popular around here, and remember those chairs from back then. My friend who has a shop had a couple of them that we got when we cleaned out an old house and I couldn't believe she sold them....but she did. Someone wanted them.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 5:11PM
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I googled narrow backed Spanish chair and found the one in the link... is this what you have?

Here is a link that might be useful: narrow backed spanish chair

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 12:05AM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

here's another, I googled skinny chair.

Here is a link that might be useful: chair

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 1:27AM
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That's it!

the one with the upholstered back, not the beautiful carved back.

wonder what it's name is...

I saw a pair of them at an antique/used furniture store, marked $45 each;
the shop owner said she'd seen them online for $90 apiece, so she priced them at "half-price".

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 9:06AM
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I think my friend got $40 apiece for the two she had. I almost fell out!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 9:30AM
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It's a repro of a Charles II style chair.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 10:21AM
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