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

Posted by TnaB (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 4, 11 at 15:44

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: Photo of Chaise


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

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


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

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


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

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.


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

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

Karin L


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

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.


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

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!


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


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

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


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

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


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

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: Front leg/arm of chaise


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

It's also known as a "recamier"
Casey


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

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


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


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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!


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

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.


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

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


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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


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

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.


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