A rare early English oak armchair with an excellent colour and deep natural patination
38 inches tall, 21 inches wide, 19 inches deep.
Floor to seat is 18.5 inches, width between arms is 19 inches, from floor to top of arms is 27 inches.
For metric please multiply by 2.5
In fine original condition, retaining original seat boards – these with an early flat iron mark. Peg jointed with original exposed pegs visible on the inner framing. And with the date punched to the back panel of 1612.
It is unusual for a chair of this period to have anything other than a raised box stretcher but in this case the offset stretcher appears to be completely original and in its original position – not altogether surprising given each chair was made by hand and to designs unique to each maker. The offset stretcher has losses and the chair has a couple of small repairs – non structural. Very sold, heavy and robust with no weak or loose joints.
Charming and of a beautifully simple form with finely shaped top rail and carved arch to the fielded back panel with double channelled and punched border inset with strapwork foliate S scrolls, the arch accentuated by deeply carved flying ribbon flourishes. Visible hand adze marks.
Beautiful condition and from a private house in Wales.