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Naragalla Tea Chair | Restored & Reupholstered


Restored and painted art-deco style “plantation” chair of unknown heritage

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This unusual chair with hidden compartment under the rather high seat (in relation to its back) takes its name from the plantation in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) where the tea chest used for its box seat came from.

The 130lbs of Naragalla Broken Pekoe likely ended up in British tea pots, but its chest ended up being hidden for some years as the blind side of an upholstered box, making up the seat of an art deco style chair of unknown heritage.

The chair would originally have been mahogany or teak coloured, but had been “enthusiastically” painted white over the years, to the point that it could not be restored without damage. So it is now Aubusson blue with a Dijon interior which was oiled and waxed, and upholstered in a Charles Rennie Mackintosh style fabric. It is elegantly understated (very typical of the era) and yet- a bit “rough and ready” too. I have not been able to find another example like it, and wondered if it was made in Ceylon after all? Perhaps a prop? It has a sort of seaside resort look to it…

The back view is not that well thought out, so I would place it in a bay window with the back not on show. However it is quite unique and its tea chest heritage is now preserved with varnish and reversed so that lifting the pad box will reveal it (see photo).
Collection Only: my furniture is for collection from the Scottish Borders, an hour south of Edinburgh; but I am happy to work with your own courier ( is a great resource for finding couriers versed in transporting valuable furniture) if you cannot make it yourself.

I, Stefanie, was born in Germany, grew up in South India on an environmental rehabilitation project, and now live in the Scottish Borders with my family.

I am greatly motivated by nature and the continuity principle and, thus, I enjoy working with the raw material, following through from beginning to finished piece- shaping and transforming materials to give them new life and purpose. To me respect and an understanding for the materials and their original creators are essential to avoid compromising the materials’ own qualities.

Colour also play a key role with earthy tones and bright jewel-like colours evoking memories of my childhood spent in the splendour of India. With a keen interest in aesthetics and functionality with my materials sources in a sustainable manner, I create exclusive one-off pieces of “practical” textile art and furniture which aim to enhance life.

To me the purpose of an item is its most fundamental quality. Combine this with aesthetically pleasing design, and you have my idea of perfection.

To this end I launched Annasach in 1998, producing environmentally friendly interior accessories ranging from 100% recycled wool knit cushions and throws to furniture made from wind-felled wood. I also continue to offer my services as a designer through Von Damm Designs, working with a number of clients ranging from high street stores to museums and councils alongside my private clients.

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Post-able items will be carefully packaged with recycled packaging as part of my ethos to reuse and recycle wherever possible. It may not look pretty, but it does the job well. I generally use Royal Mail's Tracked 48 within the UK and charge only what Royal Mail, themselves, charge. Note that I am happy to post outwith the UK (please contact me for an up-to-date postage fee to your country), but am not responsible for any custom charges which might be incurred.

My larger non-post-able items such as large canvases and furniture would need to be collected, either in person or by a courier of your choice. If you are getting a courier to collect, make sure that they are versed in handling antiques and art, as not all couriers are equal and the furniture will not be packaged (I do, however, wrap the large non-post-able canvases) for them.

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