New Project: Eastlake Style Settee

eastlake_settee_before.jpg

This beautifully carved antique settee is in the Eastlake style and could have been manufactured by Jacques and Hay here in Toronto, Canada. Jacques and Hay had their first factory at King and Bay in 1835. In the 1870s, they had a six acre factory employing 500 people located where Union Station now stands. Jacques and Hay supplied furnishings for Spadina House, Osgoode Hall and even Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

This settee resides in a gorgeous Riverdale home decorated in carefully chosen period furnishings. Tina wanted to reupholster her beloved settee in a neutral shade (to balance out a lot of colour in the room). She chose a J. Ennis faux linen called Pure in 602 Seashell.

And now for the reveal:

eastlake_settee_after_reupholstery

What do you think? It's now sturdy and gorgeous – yet very likely over 100 years old!

As this settee was quite old, with sagging webbing, coil springs that needed retying and a wobbly frame, quite a bit of TLC (restoration) was required. This piece was completely stripped, the frame was stabilized with screws, corner braces, a hardwood splint, and glued. Here’s a collage:
eastlake_settee_restoration_process

I spoke to the settee's owner Tina and she provided some more history on this piece. In her words:

"It was picked up by my daughter in Baysville, Ontario (on the Lake of Bays) which has some stately
old cottages on it, as well as settlements dating back to the 19th century, so this could have been purchased for either a home or a cottage up that way. Our in-laws' cottage has been there since the early part of the 20th century."

And here is Tina's reaction to the reupholstered settee:

"I'm thrilled! My daughter also was very impressed with it, and even more proud of herself that she'd been the one to spot it."

Another exciting project done and dusted!

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