Q: I have two chairs that I purchased at a thrift store am curious about. I believe they are mid-century but they have no tags. Any ideas or info?
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the top one has a mid century/danish modern look. we're actually looking for something similar...not sure about the bottom pic
we have a top one too, found on trash day outside a doctor's office, will need to see if there is a tag on it when i get home... i think there was...
I have a very similar, if not same chair and mine has a Thonet tag under the seat!
The first one looks like it could be a Gunlocke.
Don't know about the manufacturer, but I like the second one a lot.The green velvet chair would be a voyeuse chair if the top of the back is padded to use as armrest when seated back-to-front, or just an occasional chair if it's not padded.Cannot tell from the photo...does the green chair have three legs or four?
I have the exact chair but with black vinyl...it's vintage Paoli furniture. That is your first picture :D Second, I have no clue! Good luck!
That top chair looks like a Murphy Miller chair. Do you have any reptuable antique dealers who might be able to help you?
I wouldn't necessarily expect to find a name designer attributable to these. The first in particular has some tell tale signs of manufacturer efficiencies that keep cost down but that a big name designer might not have allowed. The first is the way the apron below the arm rest joins in a non-flush mating surface with the legs. Then there are the legs themselves which appear cut out of 8/4" flat stock rather than a heavier cut with more shaping.My guess is that these are by a manufacture working in the style of the day but not necessarily employing named designers. Such a manufacturer would want a design that is stylish but that can be turned out at an economy, making the product accessible to a wider audience than the more design driven lines. A current day example of this can be found by Googling both the Room and Board Jansen chair and the the Elbow Chair from Carl Hansen and Son. The two designs bear some basic similarities and I would even say the Jansen chair is perhaps condensing the elbow chair with a few other significant designs. But whereas the original Wegner Elbow chair retails for about $1000, the Jansen chair is about $350 - largely (but not entirely) due to efficiencies in the design.Then again I could be 100% wrong ;)
The top chair is a gunlocke chair. I picked it up four of these thinking I was going to re-upholster them. I didn't. Sigh.
We have the first chair and we love it; soooo comfortable! We flipped it over, but couldn't find a designer tag or stamp.
The first chair looks a lot like the kind of chairs that were mass-produced for libraries, mid-20th century.
The top one was made by Murphy-Miller for Kroehler. I own one and happened to be browsing eBay for mid-century modern and saw a set, the seller identified them from the original tags that were intact.
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