The chair is part of a dining set of four Niels Moller model 78 rosewood chairs with black leather seats that my parents bought 40 years ago. The chairs have been in use all this time. One of the family dropped a heavy object on the back of one of the chairs, breaking one upright and one of the back slats. We mended it with wood glue, but a big guy broke it again by sitting in it.
I have been looking through 1stdibs.com
's listings for Danish mid-century furniture (which, of course, is very hot right now) and frankly these sellers, especially European ones, are out of my reach. Buying an entire new dining set is also extravagant; the average set at these sites seems to be US $3,000 to $9,000, not including shipping or insurance. eBay sellers are comparable.
I only need one chair, ideally from a seller in the U.S. or Canada. Any sellers in a 50 mile range of Washington D.C. would be ideal.
Design Within Reach sells a repro of the Moller chair
for US $725, but since rosewood is now an endangered species
, it's in teak or walnut with a light colored woven seat and would not match the rest of our dining set, which is intact. The seat could be reupholstered to match. Could walnut be stained to look more like rosewood?
Alternatively, could the broken back of the existing chair be repaired more solidly? I would like a reference for a quality furniture repairer, ideally one who works with Danish modern furniture and/or rosewood and in the Eastern U.S..
We will forbid the big guy (a family member) to sit in this chair if it is repaired.
My mother is ill and depressed. I think she feels that everything in the house is falling apart. I would like to do this for her, but not at have-you-lost-your-mind prices. I am willing to spend between 500 and a thousand.