A Charles II oak and marquetry inlaid child's high chair South Yorkshire, circa 1670-80
Lot 267
A Charles II oak and marquetry child's high chair South Yorkshire, circa 1670-80
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Lot Details
A Charles II oak and marquetry child's high chair
South Yorkshire, circa 1670-80
Of A-frame form, the back panel marquetry-inlaid with scrolling flora and birds, the rails chevron-inlaid, the back uprights with applied split-bobbin mouldings, the arch-shaped cresting of typical double-scroll profile, similar S-carved ears, the downswept scroll-ended open arms on baluster-turned front supports, the boarded seat on scroll-cut chevron line-inlaid rails, raised on block and baluster-turned legs joined by multiple plain stretchers, 43cm wide x 39cm deep x 107.5cm high, (16.5" wide x 15" deep x 42" high)

Footnotes

  • Comparative Literature: V. Chinnery, Oak Furniture: The British Tradition (1993), pp. 403 - 404, fig. 3:490. The author notes that the legs of high chairs were often splayed to provide greater stability; that 17th century high chairs were not provided with a restraint bar across the arms, but simply placed against the table edge to retain the child, who was alternatively tied about the waist; high chairs were originally provided with a footboard, but these are normally missing, as is the case here.

    P. Macquoid, A History of English Furniture: The Age of Oak (1925), p. 199, fig. 170, illustrates a Yorkshire high chair, now in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, with a stepped footboard, but employing the general design characteristics found here. The rear of the cresting is carved with initials and dated 1680. Another similar example on display at Shibden Hall, Halifax, appearing in a 1677 inventory of the hall.
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