High Low: Emerald Thrones

by Melissa Goldstein
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FOR RICHER: This silk channel-back chair has a hint of faded glamour about it--as if it was lifted from Miss Havisham's mansion in the 1998 film version of Great Expectations. The emerald silk floral upholstery drew us in, but details like the button-tufted seats and mahogany obelisk feet make this '40s gem a true standout. $3,750 for a pair, 1stdibs

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FOR POORER: Then again, let's say you don't have a budget for a ridiculously fabulous vintage piece. West Elm's Victor Armchair is a compelling counteroffer, with a retro-feeling illustrative botanical print, matching button detailing, and a streamlined silhouette. $750, West Elm



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