November 8, 2014

Comically High Chair From The Estate Of Bunny Mellon

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Psycho high chair, qu'est ce que c'est?

The well-known heirs Paul Mellon & Bunny Lambert Mellon are both gone now, and Mrs Mellon's vast tracts of land and the art and antiques that filled their houses are all being sold off, with proceeds going to a foundation named after her parents. All well and good.

But seriously, what is going on with this high chair, which is coming from the Mellons' 2,000-acre race farm in Upperville, Virginia? The Sotheby's description calls it "A Louis XV Provincial" and dates it from the 18th/19th century, which is several decades better than Louis XV himself managed to do.

The point is, though, this thing is incredibly tall. At 64 inches, it's easily two feet taller than a normal modern high chair. And it's too tall for a standard bar. And that last step into the actual chair is a real stretch. Unless you all eat standing up, I just don't get it.

Nov. 21-3, Lot 956 | A Louis XV provincial fruitwood child's chair 18th/19th century, est. 400-600 [sothebys]

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