These are two exceptionally well made chairs by CFM (Canada Furniture Manufacturers) probably from around the 1920s or 30s. One of the chairs was in good shape, but with one bad repair, and the other had a very worn finish, so the owner chose to have both chairs stripped and redone. The original needlepoint covers were removed (and saved) and the client wanted to have them cleaned and reinstalled, but she was told by the dry cleaners that they couldn’t clean them for her, so she picked another red fabric for the chairs.
Deteriorated shellac finish.
The original upholstery stuffing was reused, but with new burlap, new spring ties, and a new rough cover in white muslin.
The completed chairs: