Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith was born in Ireland on the 10th of November 1730. A playwright, novelist and poet, Goldsmith is best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield, written in 1766.

One interesting possession of Goldsmith’s was a green-painted beech Windsor chair (whose unique style still bears his name) which now resides in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

It is not known who the maker of the chair was, but he was undoubtedly an accomplished chairmaker and most likely worked in the Thames Valley region. Elements of Goldsmith chairs are found in thousands of extant chairs from the same area, though the unusual seat shape found greater favour in North America.

Oliver Goldsmith’s Windsor chair, circa 1770. (V&A)

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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