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Raffles Chair

Andrianna Shamaris Rare Antique Raffles Arm Chair
By Andrianna Shamaris
Located in New York, NY
Stunning hand carved teak arm chair with beautiful patina. The front legs and arm rests are
Category

Antique Early 1900s Primitive Chairs

Materials

Wood, Teak, Reclaimed Wood

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Prototype Chair by Bär + Knell
By Bär + Knell
Located in Cologne, DE
speak of design with recycled plastic material. This chair is one of the first experiments and was given
Category

1990s German Modern Chairs

Prototype Chair by Bär + Knell
Prototype Chair by Bär + Knell
H 33.86 in W 16.54 in D 18.12 in
Andrianna Shamaris Raffles Influence Teak Wood Shell Inlay Chair
By Andrianna Shamaris
Located in New York, NY
Raffles influence chair with shell inlay on the front and the back. Newly made from aged teak
Category

2010s Organic Modern Chairs

Materials

Shell, Wood, Teak, Reclaimed Wood

Andrianna Shamaris Raffles Teak Wood with Shell Inlay Chair
By Andrianna Shamaris
Located in New York, NY
Raffles influence chair with shell inlay on the front and the back. Newly made from aged teak wood
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Colonial Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Shell, Wood, Teak, Reclaimed Wood

Early 20th Century Indonesian "Raffles" Armchair
Located in Pasadena, CA
"Raffles" style arm chair. Combining the reeded legs and arm supports along with a flowing floral carvings
Category

Early 20th Century Indonesian Folk Art Side Chairs

British Colonial Ebony Chair
Located in Pasadena, CA
A classic raffles armchair design from the former British colony of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka. It is of
Category

Antique 19th Century Sri Lankan British Colonial Chairs

Materials

Ebony

British Colonial Ebony Chair
H 33.75 in W 21.5 in D 23 in
Contemporary Customized Raffles Sofa by Vico Magistretti, Italy, 2023, '1988'
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Copenhagen K, DK
De Padova Italy, Contemporary New production, customized for The Apartment, of the Raffles sofa
Category

2010s Italian Sofas

Materials

Textile

Vico Magistretti Raffles Sofa Designed in 1988 and Produced by DePadova, Italy
By DePadova 1, Vico Magistretti
Located in Copenhagen K, DK
DePadova Italy, contemporary New production, customized for the Apartment, of the Raffles sofa
Category

2010s Italian Sofas

Materials

Textile

Regency Padouk East Indies Armchair, 19th Century
Located in Charleston, SC
refined Dutch Colonial Chair has a reeded pirced and carved back splat below the scrolled toprail. The
Category

Antique Early 19th Century Javanese Dutch Colonial Armchairs

Materials

Padouk, Cane

British Colonial Ebony Armchair
Located in Pasadena, CA
A classic Raffles arm chair design from the former British colony of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka. It is
Category

Antique 19th Century Sri Lankan British Colonial Furniture

Materials

Ebony

British Colonial Ebony Armchair
British Colonial Ebony Armchair
H 33.75 in W 21.5 in D 23 in
Anglo-Indian Ebony Raffles Armchairs
Located in Richmond, CA
British colonial chair of solid ebony known as a Raffles chair with fluted concave top rail
Category

Antique 19th Century Sri Lankan Armchairs

Materials

Ebony, Cane

Anglo-Indian Ebony Raffles Armchairs
Anglo-Indian Ebony Raffles Armchairs
H 32.5 in W 20.5 in D 21 in
Pair of Anglo-Indian Ebony Raffles Armchairs
Located in San Francisco, CA
British colonial chairs of solid ebony known as Raffles chairs with fluted concave top rail
Category

Antique 19th Century Sri Lankan Armchairs

Pair Georgian Style Anglo Indian Rosewood Caned Armchairs c.1840
Located in London, GB
'Raffles' chairs. The fluted concave top rails attached to downward sloping fluted arms with turned
Category

Antique 19th Century Indian Armchairs

Materials

Rosewood, Cane

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