Incredible pair of vintage Italian Valenti (Milano) folding black leather campaign style armchairs. Absolutely amazing, these chairs are as comfortable to sit in as they are stunning to look at. Being upholstered in black leather, these chairs offer an abundance of style, charm and character, rarely found in modern furnishings today. These chairs offer explicit details such as faux bamboo, solid brass knobs and the possibility to own an entire set of six, if you so desire. These would be fantastic around a table for enjoying cocktails, cards, or an evening of socializing with friends. However you choose, these chairs offer a plethora of opportunities.
Any furniture specifically made to breakdown or fold for ease of travel can be described as campaign furniture. It was designed to be packed up and carried on the march. It has been used by traveling armies since at least the time of Julius Caesar but it is commonly associated with British Army Officers, many of whom had purchased their commissions. With the rise and expansion of the British Empire in the eighteenth and 19th centuries the demand by the military, administrators and colonists increased. British officers of high social position in the Georgian and Victorian periods (1714–1901) often carried high quality portable furniture. The most common item of campaign furniture is the chest of drawers, often referred to as a military chest or campaign chest.
A standard campaign chest will be made of either mahogany or teak and break down into two sections with removable legs. The brass corners and strap work offer some protection and typify the distinctive 'campaign look'. Some items of campaign furniture are instantly recognisable as made to dismantle or fold. Brass caps to the tops of legs, hinges in unusual places, protruding bolts or X-frame legs all give clues to the functionality of the piece.
**Priced per pair, we currently have 2 pair available for a total of 4 chairs
Condition: Some wear consistent with age, though no rips or tears.
Materials/Techniques: Hardwood frames with brass and leather upholstery. Creator: Attributed to Valenti