A rare pair of 17th century English walnut chairs


A rare pair of English 17th century walnut chairs, ca 1695.

Superb waxed patinated surfaces and colour. Of museum quality.

BHA 1016

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A rare pair of English late-17th century walnut chairs.
William & Mary period, circa 1695.

Lovely waxed patinated surfaces and colour.
Of museum quality, for the serious collector.

The upright, caned high backs well carved and stop-fluted.
The pierced foliate and scroll crestings vigorously carved in the typically extravagant late-17th century manner.
Raised on carved cabriole legs with serpentine seat rails, united by shaped stretchers centred with a flambeau finial.
With 17th century tapestry-covered, fitted, tie-back loose cushions, over caned seats.
Tight frames and – most importantly – no breaks. Some historic restoration entirely consistent with their age – over 300 years.

W 19” (48 cm)
D 15” (38 cm)
H 51” (129.5 cm).

English Furniture Of The Eighteenth Century, Herbert Cescinsky, George Routledge & Sons (1911) vol. I, p. 16, fig. 11. A chair illustrated and dated 1689-1692.

Ralph Edwards CBE FSA illustrates a similar chair in his Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture, Hamlyn (Fourth Impression 1972) p. 131, ill. 59. He dates this chair to 1700. See also p. 126, ill. 40, 42 [sic], showing a finial centred in the stretchers.

Vis ‘A History of English Furniture, vol. 1, The Age of Oak and The Age of Walnut, Percy Macquoid, Antique Collectors’ Club Ltd (1904-5), p. 109, fig. 101.

Our antique chair on offer here is right on the cusp of the transition from the late 17th century into the earliest form of cabriole leg, which becomes further evolved during the reign of Queen Anne (1702-1714).