Regular commenter on this blog, Burbidge, alerted me to a unique elm and fruitwood side chair at the Victoria & Albert Museum which incorporates several elements normally found in Windsor chairs (fig. 1).
Fig. 1. Chunky chinoiserie elm and fruitwood chair, circa 1760-1800. (VAM)
The solid elm seat is deeply saddled like that of a Windsor. The legs too, are tenoned into the seat like those on Windsors; however, I am unclear how the back stiles are attached to the seat.
Chinoiserie backs are common to many side chair designs of the latter half of the eighteenth-century, but again, the crest rail is typical of several patterns of eighteenth-century Windsor chairs from the Thames Valley region, including Claremont chairs (here and here).
Fig. 2. The through leg tenons can be clearly seen on the surface of the seat. (Burbidge)
Fig. 3. Square/octagonal legs and large brackets. (Burbidge)
Unfortunately Burbidge doesn’t recall how the back stiles are attached, though the museum’s blurb says the back is braced by later oak additions.
If any reader is in the vicinity of the V&A, or intends visiting the museum, I would greatly appreciate any pictures and descriptions of the back’s attachment to the chair.