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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

10.13.2009

Barley Twist and Shout

This late-17th-century open armchair with barley twist arms and legs caught my eye over at Colefax & Fowler Antiques online. Even though we now know that vivid colors were enormously popular during the 18th century, it's not so common to see a genuine antique offered for sale today with such boldly colored upholstery. At least not a 17th-century piece. I think we expect to see velvet, tapestry or heavily worn brown leather. Something straight out of a Vermeer. (Loved Lisa's Old Master post, by the way.)

[Johannes Vermeer, A Lady Writing, c. 1665, National Gallery of Art]

So, the Colefax & Fowler green is a jolt, but in a good way. There's something about the mix of dark, centuries-old wood with the punchy spring green, and I thought the combination might inspire someone who is about to makeover a not-too-precious vintage chair. Still, I'm equally drawn to the "old" mellow tones highlighted in today's previous post and to the green. FYI: The chair at top is actually part of a pair.

8 comments:

Mrs. Blandings said...

That crisp green pared with either black or brown is a total home run for me. Love it every time.

Jane said...

I love this chair. I agree with you about the contrast. Contrast is (almost always) a good thing. Maybe green plus old chairs plus makeovers are in the zeitgeist at the moment as I have just redoneone of my old chairs in a new green fabric - see if interested - http://mypeartreehouse.blogspot.com/2009/09/circular-chair-for-drawing-room.html. I do wish some of these antique places shipped to Australia!

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

My mind wants to envision that chair in the environment it was created for originally. Your Vermeer reference is wonderful.

Kwana said...

This chair takes my breath away. I'm such a fan of the green and love the vintage style.

The Peak of Chic said...

It's such an unusual shade of green, but it really works. What I also love is the star print carpet :)

Ivy Lane said...

Fantastic..would make a fab desk chair in my office!

Lindsey Conrad - Nabors said...

Loving this chair!! I think the color is great as well!

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

Must. Have. The. Chair. Great find, Courtney...! xx