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A Pair of Tub Chairs: Bonjour, Celia Birtwell!

A Pair of Tub Chairs: Bonjour, Celia Birtwell!
£1,700.00 1 Available
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A pair of French Chairs
dating from around 1860
completely refurbished, re-sprung and reupholstered, finished in linen, mixing a small and a large Celia Birtwell design and a linen-mix fabric in black.

Height max 82cm, external width max 76cm, internal width max (inner arm to inner arm) 44cm, internal depth max 50cm, external depth max 82cm, seat height from floor 40cm (quite low)

Small samples of the fabric can be sent for colour-matching.

The price of £1700 is for the two chairs, I think they should stay as a pair.

Please contact me regarding delivery.
The delivery charges I have quoted in the postage section are estimates. If courier charges are less than I have quoted then I will refund the difference to you.
You are very welcome to visit the studio (by appointment) and see my chairs and stools before making a purchase from me.
You are also welcome to collect your purchase from the studio, again, by appointment.
If you live within c 45 miles of DE1 I may be able to deliver the item myself at a reduced delivery charge.


One of the many enjoyable parts of my job is hunting out furniture. I went to look at these chairs but didn't look at them hard enough, I was just wowed by the shape. I had to make a note to my future chair-buying self: 'always do a wobble test!' (the equivalent of kicking the tyres when you look at a car you might buy, I guess.)

In the end, to make the chairs strong, stable and ready for revitalisation, I had to join a furniture restoration course where I learned to repair, drill and dowel, clamp wobbles and even carve a bit, I couldn't get into shiny French polish though.

A lovely book on fabric designer Celia Birtwell encouraged me to seek out her fabric and in fact to mix florals in different scales, something she often does. Then I added black, as I often do.

Shipping & delivery

This item will be posted to you by SaRah SkinneR ARt ChaiRs within 7 days of receiving payment.

Shipping destination Cost Additional items
United Kingdom £145.00

Returns Policy

You have 14 days, from receipt, to notify the seller if you wish to cancel your order or exchange an item.

Unless faulty, the following types of items are non-refundable: items that are personalised, bespoke or made-to-order to your specific requirements; items which deteriorate quickly (e.g. food), personal items sold with a hygiene seal (cosmetics, underwear) in instances where the seal is broken.

Additional terms

Due to the high costs of transporting bulky but sometimes fragile furniture, returns are accepted if courier and postage costs are covered by the buyer.

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