Picture This CX

Whether by the hand of its maker, a natural defect or the passage of time having its effect on highly contorted wood, antique furniture can be the more beautiful and desirable for its often-perceived shortcomings and faults.

Like a face-pulling child whose grimace froze for all time when the clock struck the hour, this recusant Windsor chair has adopted an absurd organic form.

Fig. 1. Lath-back Windsor elbow chair, circa 1890. (The Home Bothy)

Fig. 2. Wryly smiling. (The Home Bothy)

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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6 Responses to Picture This CX

  1. bobbarnettpe says:

    Ok that is too weird.


  2. Brian Lowery says:

    The seat must have been “very green” when it was made. You can see by the bottoms of the legs, that after being assembled, the front edge took a decided downturn and one of the front legs was cut to make the chair stable again.


  3. Katya says:

    Could the chair have been built intentionally lopsided for a person suffering from scoliosis?


    • Jack Plane says:

      No, the seat has warped plain and simple: The left arm has been forced upwards and the front right leg has been forced downwards.

      Warped Windsor seats are not unheard of, but this is certainly one of the most extreme examples I have encountered.



  4. Eric R says:

    If it had eyes, they’d be winking… ;)


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