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Exceptionally Fine And Rare James I Oak Wainscot Chair Dated 1609

21.25 inches wide, 22 inches deep and 40 inches high.

Floor to seat is 16 inches.

For metric please multiply by 2.5
Full Description
An extremely rare and exquisitely carved English oak wainscot chair dated 1609 and with two figural masks – the central mask possibly the ‘Green Man’ with foliage scrolling and falling around his face like hair or potentially a portrait of the owner, the lower mask that of a devil.

The patination is absolutely fabulous and the colour equally so. There is evidence of a little historic worm (long ago and very dead), and the usual small depletion, dings, marks and losses. There have been some old repairs including an early 19th century hand forged iron brace to one leg, and two small slender iron braces to the back running up to the top rail. But in really remarkably good condition for a chair which has been in use for more than four centuries and is still going strong.

The seat boards appear original and are shaped and hand tooled to match the seat rails. The stretchers and all timbers appear original also. Original pegs in evidence.

The chair is heavy and very sturdy with no weakness in the joints, there is no movement in the back or crest rail or in any of the joints – completely solid and usable.

The side rail stamped with maker’s initials C.P. or C.D.

A truly fantastic and very early dated English Oak Wainscot chair with figural masks and maker’s mark. As rare as hen’s teeth! Another as good and original as this in all regards is unlikely to appear on the market anytime soon - and indeed maybe never.