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Picture This CXV

I have mentioned dealer sophistry before, but specious descriptions of antique furniture are sadly becoming ever more prevalent (I will save a discussion on the possible reasons for another time). The vendor of the Windsor chair in figure 1 described … Continue reading

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The fairly plain ash, elm and oak ‘country Chippendale’ chairs – with their silhouette vasiform back splats and wooden seats (fig. 1) – were popular during the last quarter of the eighteenth-century and were made in emulation of their more … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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This ash comb-back Windsor chair (fig. 1) is unusual in several respects, not least of which is the circular seat (fig. 2) which is of ash rather than the more traditional elm. Also, the bent arm is exceptionally broad. Fig. … Continue reading

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From the ‘what were they thinking?’ files, comes this eighteenth-century Windsor chair. Primitive comb-back Windsor, circa 1780. (Robert Young) The keen-of-eye might have noticed the H-stretcher’s unusual (and original) orientation which must have been the cause of many a painful … Continue reading

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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 LXXXV

From a technical perspective, any wooden chair whose legs, back and arms (if existent) emanate from a solid seat is a Windsor chair. Here then is a pair of fruitwood Windsor chairs that are coming up for auction in Christie’s … Continue reading

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Taxing Times

England invested an inordinate amount of money in building and maintaining a naval fleet to better protect her island shores and foreign interests during the seventeenth- and eighteenth-centuries. Government coffers were kept topped-up with monies raised through all manner of … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXV

The regional stylistic variations of Windsor chairs – and their forerunners, stick chairs – are many. Low-back stick chairs made in Carmarthenshire in the south-west of Wales evolved into a distinct style identifiable by their massive one-piece horse shoe-shaped arms … Continue reading

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