This morning, Wellard alerted me to the arrival of an intruder: I lifted my eyes from the bench and saw a van trundling up the drive towards the house. I dusted myself down and set off across the yard to intercept the vehicle. Daniel Maclaurin had kindly driven out to return the walnut side chairs that I last spoke of late last December.
Stuffover seats of this era were upholstered tightly and squarely viz. simple webbing, linen and kapok/horsehair stuffing, which were then covered with a decorative fabric (figures 1-3).
Later seats were inclined to be more abundantly stuffed (figure 5).
Later again, stuffover seats harboured internal coil springs which result in unattractive bloated upholstery that is no more comfortable than the square or puffy seats of earlier chairs.
Unfortunately this type of upholstery is what befalls many period chairs when reupholstered by some benighted dealers and upholsterers (figures 6 & 7).
The seats of the new chairs, though seemingly austere, are in fact very comfortable and what’s more, encourage good posture (figures 8 & 9).
Fig. 9. As they should be.