DESCRIPTION- This armchair was hand carved in wood by John Hodgson. Chippendale side chair with straight reeded stiles, featuring a Cupid's bow (or yoke-shaped) crest (or top rail) with ears (ends) that curve up with central half-moon carving above a pierced, interlaced, strapwork splat with lancet arch & scrolls at upper section above three vertical piercings above the shoe making the shape of a lady's hair comb, over a trapezoidal deep slip seat set within molded seat rails, and the cabriole legs terminating in pad feet. Gorgeous work from a retired artist whose work is scarce.
This is difficult to explain but the crest on this armchair has been defined, while the other two I have up are flat on the front (see photo 3 closeup & compare on others). The only way I know how to explain this is the way celtic eternity knots are carved is this type. The splat on this one is not exactly the same as the other two, but the other two do match each other in splats. The seat is easily removed, and the material can easily be changed.
It is one of his absolute earliest pieces, dating to the 1970's & features his first mark using two brands burned separately into the wood, an elf (that looks like a seahorse) on top of a mushroom depending on how it was stamped. Some of his slightly later, but still early work, features the word ELF & the same symbol basically but made with one single stamp where the design was perfected & you can see it in the 1996 marks book.
In these three I have on now, his mark varies depending on the placement of the elf & mushroom over one another, but I guarantee these to be his work. I can provide more information & some links upon request. It is also marked with the number 36 on the bottom & the bottom of the seat rail & this likely denotes the 36th piece he ever made.Sadly, I did not pay that price. This chair measures 3 & 1/8. " tall X 2 & 1/4" deep X 2 & 1/8 wide. Excellent Vintage Condition, no visible damage or issues to chair. The edges of the seat material do have minor fraying at the top of the corners. If you want to keep these covers, a tiny drop of white or wood glue would fix this instantly. If you want to change them out, it's not an issue. NOTE- Hand carved chairs such as these have bumps & imperfections made in the carvings of the crest rails & other parts but they are completely original & very minor. Like, one side might differ from the mirrored side just a bit. You my have found us from our FB page Here Today Gone Tomorrow. Our previous 21 years experience with antiques enables us to have a discerning eye when it comes to proper scale in miniatures.
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We describe our items thoroughly & offer many photos. What you see is what you will get. If you read & look thoroughly, you will get what you expect & hopefully you will be pleased. The more people that watch an item, the more likely it will go on sale eventually.The item "70's John Hodgson Dollhouse Miniature Carved Wood Chippendale Side Chair #2 of 3" is in sale since Tuesday, January 21, 2020. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dollhouse Miniatures\Artist Offerings". The seller is "capricisampolla" and is located in Scottsville, Kentucky. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Philippines.