Olympia (1953), ChairItem Number: 90444 $995.00
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There are so many wonderful things to say about the old Greek liner Olympia. You might know her as the cruise ship Regal Empress. I was lucky enough to sail on her 3 times, and as many of you know, she was stunning inside and out. Built on the Clyde in Scotland, she was the Greek Line’s only new build, and as such, they splashed out on her with decor and interiors that were really astonishing. Despite her Greek ownership, she was a totally British Art Deco ocean liner inside, reading me very much of Cunard’s Queen Mary because of the extensive use of fine veneers throughout.
I am very proud to be able to offer this stunning sold sycamore chair. It has a lot of class and style, doesn’t it? Interestingly, stamped on the underside is “Buoyant, July 8, 1953.” They were the famous makers of furniture for many ships including the RMS Queen Mary. In excellent condition and very sturdy. The chair has been completely restored to its 1953 condition. One thing I should mention is that, when I have a chair like this restored, I insist that the upholsterer use as much of the original chair as possible. This chair still retains its original chassis, springs, and horsehair stuffing. These comfortable chairs were used in many areas of the ship, including first- and second-class cabins as well as the Derby Room and Zebra Room.
I count myself very fortunate to have a few items from her in my personal collection. My bedrooms are soon to sport an accent wall paneled in Makore from her (another in Avodire from the Augustus) I also own and use a sycamore foot stool in its original 1953 upholstery from our favorite Greek liner. I purchased this chair for use as well. Despite my new home being larger, I just don’t have the room for this stunning mid-century style chair. Since the ship has been gone for 10 years now, items from her never turn up, which makes this a lucky day for one of you!
Archival photo from the book “Olympia: The Life and Times of a Greek Goddess” by David W. Pressler, Jr.