Thursday, 1 March 2012

Day 305- X-Chairs

Believe it or not, these chairs are actually known as X-Chairs. I tried to find out how these chairs originated but it was difficult when I did not even know the name for them. After many attempts of googling and keying in terms like traditional Indian chairs, old Indian chairs, antique chairs with no results, I finally tried, on a lark, x chairs, after the structure of the chair and voila! That  was how I found out these chairs were also known as the curule or sella curullis, the dante chairs or Dantesca or the Savonarola chair.

As you can see, I am a little more than fascinated with these chairs and I have seen them in Indian Houses in interior design books and I really, really wanted them for my next project.

Picture from Ewa

Imagine my utter delight when I spotted this at Ewa's blog, The Sunny Hours 1:12 Miniatures. I told her in no uncertain terms, I want, I want, I want. 

                                                                         Picture from Ewa

I communicated with Ewa, sent her some pictures of some bone inlaid version , telling her that that was NOT what I want and that 

 Picture from Ewa

this is what I want!

And of course, I got more than I wanted.

Not only did she make me the 2 x-chairs that I had commissioned with elaborate carvings on the legs and the tiniest, hardiest canvas for seats , she also built me this incredible side table to match them as a gift!

I think I may have discovered the new miniature furniture wonder in our midst. I have no doubt that Ewa will be very successful in her art, with orders coming out of her ears. That's why I have already placed my next commission for a slightly more complex chair. 

Many of you know who this sweet lady is so she really needs no introduction from me but I still want my bragging rights to being her first patron -I think I am, am I , Ewa?-or that I discovered her first.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Ewa, a really talented lady I believe will be the grandmaster builder of mini furniture! I know I will have the pleasure of meeting her in person really soon. 


Cindy Teh said...

you must be busy preparing now eh!??!? do you think i could maybe pop over and pass you some items before you leave?!?? i know i've been MIA too been trying to catch up!! will mail you :D

(and to Ewa, i've seen the chairs and was amazed by the intricate carvings....O.O imagine my astonishment when i found out you were new to furniture making!!! :O )

Craftland said...

I have seen Ewas x-chair long time before. I also fall in love. The extra-gift is also very beautiful.
Hugs from Craftland

Eliana said...

The chairs are beautiful! I'm curious to see where they are placed in your scene. ;D
* Ewa is a good friend!

BiWuBär said...

I admired these gorgeous chairs when Ewa posted about them - she made a fantastic good job! I love your "commissions" and the extra (typical Ewa) very much. I knew they were called x-chairs, but I learnt they are called Lutherchair in Germany. So great thinkers like Dante or Martin Luther seem to be linked to these type of chairs... ;O)


Maria Ireland said...

`The chairs and table are amazing. Ewa is a beautiful and very talented lady. Lucky both of you to meet each other.
Hugs Maria

Fabiola said...

The chairs are wonderful and also the table.
Bye Faby

Daydreamer said...

Sans, these chairs are in the Medieval Illuminations too! The Design is Very Very old! You KNOW I am planning to furnish my Castle someday.... With THESE very chairs in mind!!! Well, I hope I will make some as Beautiful as Ewa has! You are very Lucky to have her creations! I SO look forward to seeing WHERE you will put them????

Mieke*Petitevictorianrose*and*PastTimeChildhood said...

Hi Sans, the chairs are soo beautiful, Ewa did a great job !!
The side table is also wunderful.
She is a very generous talented lady:)

Hugs Mieke xxx

malu2 said...

Fantastico regalo!! estas sillas son espectaculares!!
Besos de las Malu´s.

Ascension said...

Vamos a ver...........dejemos las cosas claras jejejeje
Yo conoci primero que tu a Ewa y ademas yo gane un sorteo que hizo al principio de tener su blog y todos sus regalos fueron fantasticos.
Despues de esto, solo tengo que decir que Ewa es una persona cariñosa, atenta, generosa y ademas muy buena artesana.
La podemos compartir, te parece? jejejejejejejjejejeje
Era una broma, con esto solo queria decirte que desde que conoci su blog, me enamore de su tragajo.
Enhorabuena por esas preciosas sillas y esa magnifica mesita, seguro que le sacas mucho provecho.
..........compartamos como buenas amigas jejejejejeje

Drora's minimundo said...

The chairs are fantstic. Ewa's work is gorgeous.
I have another style of X chairs 1:1 size. They are made in Honduras, hand curved and very beautiful. I'll make a post about them soon. Maybe some talented miniaturist will be inspired to make mini ones.

contar said...

en españa se llaman sillas de tijeras, y en algunos casos fraileros.
son realmente hermosas las que usted consiguio.
un abrazo

in Spain are called scissors chairs, and in some cases friar.
are really beautiful that you got it.
a hug

carmen said...

las sillas son fabulosas!

carmen said...

las sillas son fabulosas!

rosanna said...
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rosanna said...

I knew them as Savonarola and I don't like them very much in real life, truly uncomfortable, but I love Ewa's ones.
I know you'll make an excellent use of them.
Are you packing up ? I am cleaning the bathrooms ;o)Hugs, Ro

WeeLittleWest / Kathy Olaf-Obrenski said...

Ewa chairs and table are amazing. Ewa, is really talented. But she Ewa, always has Fantastic miniatures!!


Krzesła są cudowne! Wyglądają idealnie. Uściski!

Dark Squirrel Victoria said...

Love, Love, Love the chairs! Ewa is so talented, how lucky for you to be her first patron :)


GB said...

I wouldn't mind a couple of those myself--now, does your friend make furniture for regular-sized humans?

Rosamargarita said...

Ewa es una artista y sus sillas X son una preciosidad.
Un nuevo proyecto Sans???
Lo espero ansiosa.

Eva said...

Ewa's chair are really perfect for you ☺
Which project??? Ohhhhh you have to explain me a lot of things ☺

Janice said...

What a wonderful job! You will treasure them always.

Jollie said...

Ewa did a fabulous job!!
You are very fortunate with these beautiful chairs :-)

Hugs Jollie

Sans! said...

Cindy, glad that I will be seeing you this afternoon! You can watch me pack or not pack..LOL.

My table is a mess now with all the things I am supposed to bring with me but I only have 1 luggage. Haiz! :)

The Old Maid said...

Dearest Sans!
I am more than grateful to you for this post and all kind words I didn't deserve! Thank you with all my heart!
I am so happy and touched by all these comments! Thank you all very very much!
These very very nice words and the fact that you, Sans, like the chairs is the best reward of all for me.:)

To GB - not JUST yet. But who knows what the future brings? ;)

I did comment here before! I did!;) But ehh... I did say to you I have some problems with internet again..:( Hope this time it works.

Ana Anselmo said...

As in Spain, here in Portugal we call them scissors chairs and they are from the middle age, as someone as already said! Your are fantastic! congratulations to both Ewa and you!

Susanne said...

Thanks for the introduction, Sans, and I admire Ewas work too!
Love, Susanne

dale's dreams said...

I thought those chairs looked familiar! I remember admiring them on Ewa's blog. :)

If you are there and are reading this, please give her a hug from me. :)

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