Quiz Answer: The Chair That Costs More Than a New Car!

Quiz Answer: The Chair That Costs More Than a New Car!

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Janel Laban
Jul 1, 2011

Yesterday, we ran a quiz which posed the question, "Which one of these chairs costs more than a new car?". Ready to see if your antique spotting eye is right on? Click here for the quiz post or jump below for the answer:

As many of you very smart people knew...it's A! Set at $39,000, it is priced at over $30,000 higher than the next priciest piece in the group and last time I checked, you could pick up a pretty nice new car for that much spare change. I was super impressed with how many of you got it right and how many folks really knew the reason WHY this particular chair can command that kind of asking price. It is available on 1st Dibs from HL Chalfant. Here is the scoop:

• The chair was made in Pennsylvania circa 1780.
• It is constructed of Maple with a rush seat.
• It retains the original blue paint finish and is in excellent condition.
• Overall, it is an excellent example of an early ladderback with ball and ring front stretcher and a ball feet.

Now, many of the comments mentioned C - it seemed to be the hit in terms of general popularity and got lots of votes for most expensive...but it's actually the cheapest in the group. Priced at $550, it is American, made from metal with a molded seat and is from the sixties. It's available (there is actually a set of six!) from Foley & Cox on First Dibs.

D certainly looks it's age (late 18th century, like the winner above) and was handmade from Chestnut in Ireland. But, with all of that interesting info, it is still priced under $1000 - it's available for $975 from Essex Antiquarians.

Last but not least, B is a Peacock Chair by Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen. The only chair in the group with a designer attached, it is from Denmark and is an original from 1947. It's in excellent condition and available from By Design Modern for $5,500.

Well, how did you do? Were you able to spot the chair? Either way, I hope you enjoyed the quiz and look forward to stumping (some of!) you again soon!

Images: 1st Dibs, individual direct links above

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