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Pair of Butaca Chairs

Pair of Butaca Chairs
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Pair of Butaca Chairs
1st Quarter, 20th Century, San Isidro, Nueva Ecija


118 x 134 x 78 cm (46 1/2 x 52 3/4 x 30 3/4 in)

Lot 116 of the Salcedo Auctions auction on 10 March 2018. Please see for more details.

These chairs are called silla perezosa, but more popularly known as butaca. The curved seat and tilted back - in one continuous piece - is covered with woven solihiya or rattan strands, combining a look with airy fragility but with strong fortitude. The arched rail is decorated with an oversized crest of flowers, foliates and fronds, with a medallion at the center engraved with petals, possibly a crown, and stipples. The broad arms and inclined back that characterize chairs like these – and the rich texture and subtle woody scent of the rattan – make them perfect for lounging and siestas. Slightly narrower in width and with shorter arms than usual, these are ideal if space is a constraint. The solihiya is old replacement. Overall, in good original condition and patina. Butacas first gained popularity during the 19th century Spanish colonial era, then well-enamored by the Americans, and remain a regular fixture in most ancestral houses to this day.

Estimate: PHP 50,000 - 60,000
Date: 2018-02-25 02:28:41

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Sold on auction for PHP 58,400.
Leo Cloma 2018-03-14 10:54:40

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