Unusual Brass Chair – ca. 1900
I don’t think that I’ve ever seen a brass chair before aside from those depicted in books. You may also remember this very unusual glass chair that sold three years ago – I haven’t seen one again since.
It’s more common to see brass beds, lamps, tables, and stands, but chairs seem to be less common. The book, A Brass Menagerie does have a diminutive chair made in the 1880s pictured on page 55 and a tête-à-tête on page 56. Both are attributed to W. T. Mersereau & Co. who had a factory in Newark, NJ and a retail store in New York. We are not sure who manufactured this particular chair.
I’m thinking that this chair was manufactured closer to 1900 than the 1880s. The crest and the feet suggest this to me. They remind me of motifs seen in Oak furniture occurring at the turn of the century. However, I think that someone with an Aesthetic brass collection could easily make this piece fit alongside the rest of their items.
This particular brass chair is available for sale for anyone interested. More photos below.