Under. Why, yes, I did try getting under this chair with the camera. There wasn't room for both of us. This is an actual chair in my kitchen. There is usually a padded cushion where the platter is which prevents most people from falling through -- works best if you have a butt of a certain size, no guarantees for small children. It is not the only chair in this condition that is in used 'round my table, but I believe it is the worst. It really couldn't get any worse in terms of seating. There's more in the basement, including rocker with caned back and seat which is stripped and ready to go. My dear husband put a moratorium on chairs several years ago, particularly if they were minus a seat.
My favorite place to look when I'm in an antique store or junk shoppe? Under. If a dish or bowl strikes my fancy, I look under. I've been known to do it in restaurants and in friends' homes. Homer Laughlin dinnerware is a particular favorite; my "grandma dishes" are Homer. If a particular press on a chair catches my eye, I look or feel under. Is it caned? What's the condiiton? Set in or done by hand?
Y'all still want to come over for coffee?