A couple of weeks ago I was very fortunate to come across a local Craigslist ad for 8 traditional style dining chairs at $10.00 each. The chairs are actually a reproduction of the Adam shield back chair. They were in very bad condition because, as the previous owner indicated, they were used by a her 4 large sons who all played football through high school. Despite their condition, I purchased the set since we have Remarkable Refinishing in town that can pretty much fix anything. Mark, at Remarkable Refinishing, has worked on several furniture repairs and refinishing for me throughout the years and does outstanding work. The 2 in this photo are the only 2 that were usable.
I first sanded the original mahogany finish then painted them with a flat gray to resemble the oxidized weathered look you see in teak wood which I love. My next step is to embellish some of the details such as the urn and laurel leaves with gold leafing. The ivory cotton fabric was from a bolt of remnant that I applied to the chairs for now until I can afford a nicer fabric. I really like the color of the fabric but think a tone on tone pattern would look nicer.
Robert Adam (3 July 1728 – 3 March 1792) was a Scottish neoclassical architect, interior designer and furniture designer. He was the son of William Adam (1689–1748), Scotland's foremost architect of the time, and trained under him. With his older brother John, Robert took on the family business, which included lucrative work for the Board of Ordnance, after William's death.
In 1754 he left for Rome, spending nearly five years on the continent studying architecture under Charles-Louis Clérisseau and Giovanni Battista Piranesi. On his return to Britain he established a practice in London, where he was joined by his younger brother James. Here he developed the "Adam Style", and his theory of "movement" in architecture, based on his studies of antiquity and became one of the most successful and fashionable architects in the country. Adam held the post of Architect of the Kings Works from 1761 to 1769.
Robert Adam was leader of the first phase of the classical revival in England and Scotland from around 1760 until his death. He influenced the development of Western architecture, both in Europe and in North America. Adam was not content with providing houses for his clients but very ready to design the fittings and accessories as well.