Can You Tell Which Chair Costs More Than a New Car?

Can You Tell Which Chair Costs More Than a New Car?

Janel Laban
Jun 30, 2011
Are you one of those people who can always spot the expensive item in a bunch? Well then you are in luck. For our final day of "Furniture Focus" month, I've made up a quick quiz to test your price tag guessing abilities. All of the chairs pictured above are similar, but beyond the style, they are quite different and one is priced much higher than the other three. Click through for larger photos and more info and then let us know — which one costs more than a new car?

This type of Windsor/Ladderback chair is currently making a popularity comeback, but they've been around a loooong time and have been updated and reinterpreted many times over the years; this small sampling shows just how varied and flexible the general style is.

In this group, two of the chairs are from the 18th century (both circa 1790!) and two are from the 20th century. Two are European in origin and two are from the US. Each of them have things that are special or unique about them (to name just a few: designer piece, painted finish, handmade, metal) but only one carries a price tag that rivals that of a mid-range new car.

Remember, you are looking for the most expensive item here — you want to choose the chair that is priced over $20k higher than the the other three. Add your guess (by letter below) to the comments and stay tuned. We'll share the answer tomorrow!

A. First in Gallery - American, 18th century
B. Second in Gallery - European, 20th century
C. Third in Gallery - American, 20th century
D. Fourth in Gallery - European, 18th Century

Note: If you have links that allow you to definitely KNOW the answer, please don't give it away in the comment thread - it's so much more fun for everyone to have a chance to guess.

Good luck and thanks for playing along!

UPDATE: Go here for the answer

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