Francois Borel

In Provence we acquired two wrecked chairs. The idea was to restore them. Nothing happened. Now I have time.

Chair with bottom falling out

These seem to be good chairs. The frame is oak but the upper bits are, I think, mahogany. They have many coats of paint. Due to the highly decorated nature of the chairs, stripping the paint by hand is Sisyphean.   I track down paint stripping specialist John O’Neal.  He has  taken the chairs. He has stripped for Robin Williams.

Before handing the chairs over to John, I had to remove the upholstery. It is clear that these chairs have been re-upholsterd more than once. The frame is a trench warfare  of tack holes.


During the upholstery removal a label appears on each chair. Both labels are damaged.

The integrated data gives us, ‘Maison, Francois Borel, Meubles. ‘  Where this menuiserie was has gone. I think these chairs were made between 1850 and 1920 but this is speculative.

All things considered, I would like to see these chairs restored. John will strip the paint in his baths of fire and then I will look into re-upholstery. I dread the price.

Macbeth –

“I am in blood
Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o’er.” 

I have removed a million tacks

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4 Responses to Francois Borel

  1. Zandra McGillivray says:

    Lauren can re-upholster them for you for a small fee/ticket to SF…

  2. Zandra McGillivray says:

    gagagagababababa GAH

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