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Antique Karpen Ladderback Chairs

  Lot # Z106
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Antique Karpen Ladderback Chairs

This set of six Antique Karpen Ladderback Chairs were manufactured by S. Karpen & Bros. in the early 20th century. These chairs are in their original condition, including the rush seats.

Manufacturer Information:

S. Karpen & Bros. was a prominent Chicago-based furniture manufacturing firm specializing in upholstered furniture. Established in 1880 by Solomon Karpen and his eight brothers.

Craftsmanship and Design:

  • Solid Wood Construction: Each chair is crafted from high-quality wood, ensuring durability and longevity. The natural finish highlights the beauty of the wood grain.
  • Original Rush Seats: The chairs retain their original rush seats, in good condition. Rush seats are often the most difficult aspect to replace or restore.
  • Ladderback Design: The classic ladderback design features five elegantly curved horizontal slats, providing both comfort and support.
  • Manufacturer Plaque & Partial Label: Each chair includes the manufacturer's brass plaque.

Set Includes:

  • (2) Armchairs: These chairs measure 47" in height, 23.5" in width, and 25" in depth. The seat dimensions are 18" x 17" x 17".
  • (4) Side Chairs: These chairs measure 41.5" in height, 18.5" in width, and 20" in depth. The seat dimensions are 18" x 17" x 17".


  • Signs of Use: The chairs exhibit typical signs of use, including finish wear and minor scratches, consistent with their age.
  • Wobbly Joints: Some joints are loose and may need re-gluing to ensure stability and longevity.
Lot # Z106
System ID # 17498186
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