A rare pair of 17th century English walnut chairs. Ca 1695.
The upright caned high backs well carved and stop-fluted.
The pierced foliate and scroll carved 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 compatible with over 300 years of use.
Lovely waxed patinated surfaces and colour. Of museum quality, for the serious collector.
Nb. Ralph Edwards ‘Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture’ illustrates a similar chair, Hamlyn Publ, Fourth Impression 1972, p. 131 ill. 59. He dates this chair to 1700. See also p. 126, ill. 40, 42, showing a finial centred in the stretchers.
Vis. ‘A History of English Furniture vol. 1 The Age of Oak and The Age of Walnut’ by 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).