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Picture This CIV

A simple, stylish eighteenth-century comb-back Windsor chair comprising a D-shaped seat, one-piece bent arm, blade arm posts, plain crest rail and Goldsmith-esque legs with H-pattern stretchers. The seat, arm and crest rail appear to be sycamore and the remainder is … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXXVIII

Another forest chair, made, rather primitively, from ash and sycamore with original dark green paint. Painted ash and sycamore North Country comb-back Windsor chair, circa 1770. (Robert Young) Jack Plane

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Picture This LXXVII

I am seeing forest chairs everywhere and am beginning to wonder if there are any Windsor chairs out there that aren’t painted. The striking lath-back armchair in figure 1 incorporates bold leg turnings (compare with the chairs here and here), … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXIII

Forest chairs have been cropping up everywhere recently. The unusual Windsor chair in figure 1 retains the majority of its original green paint. Fig. 1. Green-painted comb-back forest chair, circa 1800. (Robert Young) The chair in figure 2 also retains … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXI

I recently came across this rare and handsome brace of painted Windsors or forest chairs. Mid-eighteenth-century low-back forest chairs. These low-back chairs are very similar in many respects to the comb-back Windsor and double bow Windsor chair I made some … Continue reading

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Picture This LIVII

I have mentioned ‘forest chairs’ (green-painted Windsor chairs) in previous posts here, here, here and here. The Windsor pictured below is a fine example of a late eighteenth-century forest chair. Dark green forest chair, circa 1800. (James Graham-Stewart) Jack Plane

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The Gillows Windsor Chair

The rustic and oft clumsy wooden-seated chairs of the early eighteenth-century were initially employed as outdoor seating and painted (usually in green) to better resist the elements. Over the following decades the Windsor chair’s shape and form were refined and … Continue reading

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Picture This XVI

Most readers will be acquainted with the form of the humble Windsor chair – a solid seat into which the back sticks, arm supports and legs are joined. The arm supports are often shaped components rather than shaved sticks and … Continue reading

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A Double Bow Windsor Chair – Part Eight

Fig. 1. The colour of envy. A great number of eighteenth-century Windsor chairs were painted green; known as ‘forest’ chairs. The hues of green these chairs were painted varied from marine grey-greens through leafy yellow-greens to bottle greens though due … Continue reading

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A Double Bow Windsor Chair – Part One

I made my last Windsor chair primarily because I admired that particular regional style, but also because it didn’t comprise any steam-bent components. At the time I made the comb-back chair I no longer possessed the requisite steaming equipage and … Continue reading

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