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ptoner
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17/12/2013 9:01 am  

Chair by Aleister Crowley

Besides from the obvious, incorrect spelling of his forename, I do not recall AC having woodworking skills.
Doubt this is authentic but it sure as hell looks like a lot of work.

Does anyone recognise the sigils?

PS click on the image for further photos.

Hand Carved chair by Aleistar Crowley possibly depicting Baphomet, a half-male / half female deity.

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/seating/armchairs/chair-aleister-crowley/id-f_52060/#


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17/12/2013 9:31 am  

Thanks for this. I note that it's sold now - did you happen to notice the asking price?

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jamie barter
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17/12/2013 12:22 pm  
"ptoner" wrote:
Chair by Aleister Crowley

Does anyone recognise the sigils?

It’s hard to make a lot out.  But it looks rather an uncomfortable chair to – well, sit back or relax in, which after all is the primary purpose of such a thing?  (Tho’ nothing that a nice cushion couldn’t fix, of course…)

"ptoner" wrote:
Besides from the obvious, incorrect spelling of his forename, I do not recall AC having woodworking skills.
Doubt this is authentic but it sure as hell looks like a lot of work.

A.C. as dab carpenter?  I’ve never heard of the fact before, and if he was his products must have been very few in number!  Perhaps he more likely ‘directed’ a skilled craftsman.  An antique dealer I know had a similar “Aleister Crowley [dining] table” a few years ago – which A.C. owned, rather than had made himself, I understood – which used to give all her customers at the time the heebie-jeebie abdabs as it seemed to have a lot of Baphomet/satyr-like sworls engrained into the woodwork itself.  (I think she made a respectable return when she eventually did get it off her hands.  It seemed such an unusual item I would even have bought it myself, if I'd had the funds.)

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ptoner
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17/12/2013 3:01 pm  

Apologies Paul, did not manage to see what it was offered at initially.

Jamie, I think that you have the correct "mode of operation" for the AC's chair. Doubt that he could achieve such a high degree of craftsmanship, without years of practice. A fellow member of LAShTAL, @davy93 could confirm the length of time required to hone these exceptional skills.


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17/12/2013 8:58 pm  

I have seen this chair before. I can't for the life of me remember who owned it but it was someone quite famous I think. I don't think the suggestion was that AC had actually made the chair himself but that it was commissioned by him and used to reside at the Abbey of Thelema.

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18/12/2013 10:41 am  

very interesting piece - would be interesting to learn more of its provenance. Looks to be well enough carved,
though there is nothing in the style reminiscent of A.C.s artworks, so if there is a link i would think it would be through ownership rather than having any major direct input into its creation.

Also if i remember correctly there is a throne design by AC in Koenigs, how to build your own mc OTO?

FWIW heres a link to one of thrones i carved - a private commission from a good few years ago - with another artist collaborating on the metalwork -it stands over 6' tall

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=110987815588157&set=pb.100000308164662.-2207520000.1387363147.&type=3&theater

theres a close up of some of the detail here;

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=110994372254168&set=pb.100000308164662.-2207520000.1387362215.&type=3&theater


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jamie barter
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18/12/2013 11:15 am  
"davyp93" wrote:
[...] FWIW heres a link to one of thrones i carved - a private commission from a good few years ago - with another artist collaborating on the metalwork -it stands over 6' tall

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=110987815588157&set=pb.100000308164662.-2207520000.1387363147.&type=3&theater

theres a close up of some of the detail here;

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=110994372254168&set=pb.100000308164662.-2207520000.1387362215.&type=3&theater

(In the tones of Crocodile Dundee) Now THAT’s what I’d call a CHAIR!!  Bugger comfort – and it seems to radiate something most unusual: as some other poster said, vibrancy.  Very nice work, davy 93!  Also, talk of utility! - could that have been a snuff box which was thoughtfully provided on the right-hand side of the seat?

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18/12/2013 4:19 pm  
"Hamal" wrote:
I have seen this chair before. I can't for the life of me remember who owned it but it was someone quite famous I think. I don't think the suggestion was that AC had actually made the chair himself but that it was commissioned by him and used to reside at the Abbey of Thelema.

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Didn't the late James Herbert own a couple of Crowley's chairs?


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ptoner
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18/12/2013 5:17 pm  

I think you may be correct Bedazzled.

You sense that James Herbert, a former art director, knows all about playing up to his image. For photo shoots, the king of horror often sports black leather jackets and poses in one of two sinister-looking chairs that belonged to Aleister Crowley, the Satanist and self-styled wickedest man in the world. And then theres his personalised car number plate, RAT 767, a tribute to his first gut-churning novel, The Rats.

James Herbert - The Authorised True Story 1943-2013
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=AaYCAgAAQBAJ&pg=PT80&lpg=PT80&dq=James+Herbert++Crowley%27s+chairs&source=bl&ots=2aIYKLSwxr&sig=sKLvxY4OyAd1Ni6I33GEhuASLeE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ZNexUo75B4TKhAf3xoHQBA&ved=0CFYQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=James%20Herbert%20%20Crowley%27s%20chairs&f=false

http://www.jamesherbert.com/author-james-herbert.html


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18/12/2013 5:44 pm  

From The Secret Message of Jules Verne, Michel Lamy, Destiny Books, 2007

pages 133-134

"In addition, Anatole France had a reputation for being a skeptic and a rationalist, but this did not prevent him from having a pronounced taste for esoterism… What is the proof of his taste for the occult? His armchair, recently displayed  by Parisian antique dealers, stands surety for it."
Translator's footnote: This is a large armchair whose feet and armrests terminated in cloven hoofs. In addition, the back of the chair is topped by a goat's head with a magnificent pair of horns - the goat being a well-known symbol of Satan.


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Hamal
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18/12/2013 7:40 pm  

So….. do we suspect there was just one chair, if not that prompts one to ponder, where is this second chair?

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