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.