It has been a portable accommodations desert since my last discovery of retro metal lawn chairs. The last one Glenn found at the county waste disposal site needed a lot of work. But it was FREE—the best! We have not addressed its broken legs yet which is awful as its seat and back are among the most intact we have. Maybe when one is forced to pay for something, the repair is more insistent.
Today was a really fine morning for me at the flea market, but my partner came home with every bit of his money. Sometimes that happens. More money slipped from mine than usual between lawn chairs, sculpture raw materials, a fine chalk figure, and a cement lotus.
Hard to believe, but there are spaces on this acreage that do not have a composition of old lawn chairs and gliders positioned so one can contemplate either nature or their navel. I have been working behind the pool and beside the newly moved silo, and unfortunately there were no lawn chairs for that space. The path below is now finished and a fig tree planted to the left of this area.
Now that space will have two fine figures, and these are of a design never seen by me. The backs and seats of the chairs are punched through with a series of capsule-like shapes. The ones in the middle of the backs and seats look like the three tiny staggered windows that used to be on the front doors of tract houses back in the fifties. The chairs look rusty here, but they are very solid. They have lived outside lives nicely. The holes in chairs do much more than make them beautiful. They get water out of places where it might corrode the metal. My earlier “free” find bent at the knees because water was allowed to settle there. Those spots are like Achilles’ heel for outdoor furniture.
This bar at the front of the seat on these chairs is new to me as well. It may be simply a design choice, but water can gather underneath the front of the bottom plane if the metal is curled under to finish it. These chairs seem to me to be of a cleaner design than those of the 1940s. They might nudge towards 1960 in dating.
This fine little pond accessory still had its original price tag on it. It is from Henri Studio, Palatine, Il., and is a cement lotus flower. It is dated 1987. I have an email into the company now for information as to how to best hook it up. It is extremely heavy and the sprayer is copper, just under the normal size of a water hose.