A rare unusually large Charles II ash panel back armchair South-West Yorkshire/East Lancashire, circa 1660-1680
Lot 105
A rare and unusually large Charles II ash panel back armchair South-West Yorkshire/East Lancashire, circa 1660-1680
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 21,010) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare and unusually large Charles II ash panel back armchair
South-West Yorkshire/East Lancashire, circa 1660-1680
The back with a narrow panel over a larger panel, each linear-carved with a profusion of scrolling flora, the rail between the two panels channel-moulded and chevron-inlaid, the arched double scroll-edged cresting carved with conforming floral motifs, above scroll-carved and cross-hatched ears, the downswept scroll-ended open arms on baluster-turned front supports, the oak boarded seat again supported on a conforming carved front rail, raised on four baluster-turned legs, joined by rectangular-section stretchers, 59cm wide x 54cm deep x 140cm high, (23" wide x 21" deep x 55" high)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Godolphin House, Cornwall. Now a National Trust property, in the 17th century Godolphin was considered to be the most fashionable house in Cornwall.

    The general form of this chair is predominantly characteristic of Yorkshire examples, however, the distinctive linear carving exhibited here is attributed to the area around Burnley, hence the Yorkshire/Lancashire regional attribution. See V. Chinnery, Oak Furniture: The British Tradition (1993), p. 475, figs. 4:128 and 129.

    One striking feature of this armchair is its unusual height. It is approximately 20 - 30cm taller than a typical Yorkshire double panel-back armchair. Other rare features include: the turned back legs, rather than a traditional continuation of the rectangular-shaped rear uprights; the rear seat-rail spandrels, located where the back uprights change from a block to a turning; the carved front seat rail, with follows the design of the back carving rather than a typical plain or channel-moulded rail; and the carved rear uprights which are often simply moulded.
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  1. David Houlston
    Specialist - Oak Furniture
    Bonhams
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    Banbury Road
    Oxford, OX5 1JH
    United Kingdom
    Work 01865 853667
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  2. Megan Wheeler
    Specialist - Oak Furniture
    Bonhams
    Work
    Banbury Road
    Oxford, OX5 1JH
    United Kingdom
    Work 01865 853668
    FaxFax: +44 1865 372 722