A 17th century Scottish oak and pine cacqueteuse armchair Possibly from Fife
Lot 376
A 17th century Scottish oak and pine caqueteuse armchair Possibly from Fife
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A 17th century Scottish oak and pine caqueteuse armchair
Possibly from Fife
The cresting rail incorporating a central crown within scrolls and thistles above a panelled back with acanthus incised stiles, typical out-swept arms and solid seat on baluster front legs joined by stretchers (the seat possibly replaced, the back with some restoration), 64cm wide, 59cm deep, 100cm high (25" wide, 23" deep, 39" high).


  • Literature:
    For the actual chair, see Victor Chinnery, 'Oak Furniture, The British Tradition', 1979, illustrated page 467, figure 4:111.

    Barling of Mount Street Ltd, London, 16th February 1972, £600 to The Earl of Perth (receipt available)

    On the receipt from Barling it states the following:
    'On good authority this chair is reputed to have originally been part of the furnishings of Linlithgow Palace and removed at the time the Palace was burnt in 1746. It is recorded that at this time, many Burgesses carried away much to their home'

    Although of small proportions, this caqueteuse chair is of a type made for high status use. Chairs with a double panel in the back appear in Scotland in significant ceremonial roles. Examples can be found at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Randolph's Hall collection, Darnaway Castle (Earl of Moray) and St Andrews University, where a double panelled back chair of this type was made for the presiding minister of the Scottish Parliament held there in 1645/6. The appearance of a coronet in the cresting rail further indicates its importance. Otherwise, the upright palmettes carved on the stiles and the gouged decoration on the central muntin make this chair comparable to Fife examples of the 1660s. (See David Jones The Vernacular Chair in Fife 1996)

    See illustration on inside front cover with chair in situ in the Chapel entrance
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