Vintage Parker Knoll Fireside Chair with Applique Landscape Design
This is not just any old chair, this is now a piece of Art and it has an interesting history. Let me tell you it's story...
This vintage Parker Knoll arm chair came into my workshop in a sorry state and had been in stored in the back of garage for a long time. I immediately fell in love with its shape and decided to give it some TLC ~ so it has been completely refurbished and re-upholstered using traditional methods.
First, it was stripped down to the frame and that's when I found the original label on the frame from the Parker Knoll factory. (See picture #5). It was ordered on the 5th December 1937 and delivered on the 7th December 1937. Which makes it 81 years old!
Further investigations revealed that the previous owner was George, he lived in Stamford and had a small holding opposite the cemetery in Stamford. He and his family were self sufficient and kept pigs & chickens, had an orchard and grew every vegetable and fruit you can think of. Having served in the navy in WWII, he kept everything tidy and ship shape and was fanatical about straight lines. So George became my inspiration for this chair.
It's been transformed and given a whole new lease of life with a unique landscape design featuring George wearing wellies, a flat cap and red braces up a ladder picking apples. His dog, Patch looking up at him. There is a row of runner beans in full flower and the sun is just over the yard arm.
A neatly kept path leads to his very tidy shed. Scratching around on the lawn are 3 chickens, but these are no ordinary chickens. These are dancing chickens!
Textile techniques including applique, patchwork, machine and hand embroidery have resulted in a truly unique chair. This is a one off design for the discerning buyer that will definitely be a statement piece in your home.
I have used a combination of British wool (Moons), silks, linen, velvet, chenille and cottons which give the design added texture. For example, Patch the dog, is slightly fluffy as you would expect for he is part terrier.
The chair frame has been sanded right back to the natural wood and enhanced with hemp oil then waxed for protection. Fire retardent foam has been used for a new, comfortable seat pad with a zip to make the cover removeable. The back of the chair is covered in a lovely linen fabric with a herringbone pattern. It is also used for the path and the piping on the seat.
Please note that this is an antique piece of furniture. I am confident that it's new owner will hopefully enjoy it for another 80 years, however, it has had a previous life as a well loved piece of furniture so it is not perfect. There are a couple of marks and dings to the frame. If you can't love it as it is then please don't buy it.
It needs a home where it will be appreciated as a future heirloom and loved for the story it tells.
The price includes FREE delivery to the mainland UK ONLY.
You can also collect from my workshop which is near to Stamford in Lincolnshire. Post code NG33 4RA
If you live further a field then please contact me to discuss delivery options and prices. It may take some time to source a courier.