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Come in, Lord Satan. Have a seat.


One of our oldest local inns is closed this week for general renovation. I got a chance to walk around and take pictures today. Hoo boy, was there some beautiful furniture! Not original, except for some spectacular wall carving, but they’ve bought antiques appropriate for the period.

Hard to photograph dark brown furniture, alas. I hate using flash, but there was no other way to get sharp images.

This guy lives in an inglenook AND SOME DAY HE MUST BE MINE. I don’t know anything about him except he’s real, probably 16th or 17th C, and they call him the Unlucky Chair.

There was an article in the Mail today about how Ikea is killing the antiques trade. Probably Mail hyperbole, but it is true that so-called ‘brown furniture’ is at a very low ebb at the moment. We must start haunting the auction sites — O, how I love me some brown furniture.

But they’re talking about the 19th C stuff. Beauties like Goat Chair don’t go cheap.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 18, 2017, 10:56 pm

Perhaps it was carved by an early Somali immigrant and is an image of his inamorata…?

Comment from Timbo
Time: January 19, 2017, 12:05 am

They say that Macdonalds uses uncomfortable seats so that customers don’t linger. For some reason that chair reminded me.

Comment from Phineas
Time: January 19, 2017, 1:41 am

I go one further.. I witnessed someone trying to turn a 1927 Art Deco bar cabinet into a planter..

Comment from Bob B
Time: January 19, 2017, 4:20 am

I wouldn’t know, but I’ve been told that it’s a bad idea to sit on the lap of a horny goat.

In other news, I gather you survived your flood watch unscathed. I’m in Southern California which was drought-stricken until recently. We live on the side of one of the foothills of some mountains and we’ve been warned to “watch out for flooding.” Given that we’re on a slope, that usually either means the street out front turns into a raging river, or big chunks of the hill will come sliding down as mud and debris. I guess we’ll find out.

Comment from Nina
Time: January 19, 2017, 6:40 am

California: flood or fire, usually separated by drought.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: January 19, 2017, 2:11 pm

After we watched that movie The Witch with Black Philip the goat, Linda started calling my enormous black cat “Black Wolf,” and suggesting (with tongue in cheek, I hope) that he may be an emissary of Satan. “I can give you a taste of fresh butter!” she quotes the movie. My response is: “No need to sell my soul for that. I’ve got some Land O’ Lakes in the fridge.”

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: January 19, 2017, 3:45 pm

Bob B: I remember when that hill slid down in Central Coast area about 10 years ago killing people. And then that horrible slide in Wash.(?) that wiped out a town.

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