I am seeing forest chairs everywhere and am beginning to wonder if there are any Windsor chairs out there that aren’t painted.
The primitive solid ash double bow chair in figure 2 has an exceptionally thin seat and unusual curved rear legs.
The ash and elm comb-back chair in figure 3 has quite a refined stretcher, yet a massive seat and what appears to be a heavy one-piece arm. The crest rail is most unusual.
The rather naive comb-back chair in figure 4 is quite delightful, though with their pronounced splay, it’s hard to believe the thin rear legs have survived over 250 years without a stretcher.
The chair in figure 5, with its ornate crest rail, is a glorious example of eighteenth-century Arcadian chairmaking.
Conversely, the bulk and proportions of the chair in figure 6 don’t paint such a handsome picture. The outré crest rail doesn’t help matters.
The comb-back chair in figure 7 is a sophisticated traditional style made in the Thames Valley in the latter half of the eighteenth-century.
Another beautiful and well-proportioned chair (figure 8) incorporates early pattern front legs and a variety of bulbous stretcher that was fashionable in the early eighteenth-century.
The double bow chair in figure 9 is, as one would expect by this date, of a well-developed design, though curiously, its front legs are of a slightly earlier pattern.
The chairs in figure 10 are of an egregious style peculiar to the town of Yealmpton in Devon which – whether for reasons of relative geographical isolation… or taste – thankfully didn’t pervade the country at large.