a carved beech chair c1685

A carved beech chair c.1685.


| $505 USD | €452 EUR

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An elegant chair of the James II period, c.1685, tall and graceful, this was an important new stage in English chair design.
This style of cane backed and seated chairs had represented a revolution in seating comfort, but with the disadvantage of fragility. This chair, over 300 years old, with its glorious sculptural quality, is a joy to look at and is best used as an art object rather than as furniture.
As usual with these chairs there are signs of old woodworm, but now defunct. There is a repaired break to the right hand side of the seat.
The crest rail is carved with then highly fashionable royal crown. This, and the front rail, are deftly executed with bold cuts of the chisel. This is typical of the sort of carving performed by London chairmakers at this period, by which maximum effect is achieved with the minimum of work.
DIMENSIONS: 48.5 inches tall, 17.5 inches wide, 18.5 inches seat height.
PROVENANCE: Lowfold Hall, Roberttown, Yorkshire. (see image 5)
Internal Ref: 9172


Height = 123 cm (49")
Width = 44.5 cm (18")
Depth = 51 cm (20")

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