Set of 10 rush seated chairs
Lot 106
A harlequin set of ten 19th century ash Macclesfield ladder-back dining chairs North West, circa 1840
Sold for £1,000 (US$ 1,680) inc. premium
Auction Details
The Oak Interior Chester
17 Jan 2013 11:00 GMT

Auction 21094
Lot Details
A harlequin set of ten 19th century ash Macclesfield ladder-back dining chairs
North West, circa 1840
Each with three arched shaped ladder splats, turned back uprights and turned curved barrel-end stay-rail, the rush seat raised on turned front legs joined by a baluster ring-turned front stretcher and multiple turned stretchers, (10)

Footnotes

  • Chairs with the distinctive bent back-uprights, with pear-shaped finials and joined by a turned stay-rail with barrel-ends are distinctive to the Macclesfield area of Cheshire. The stay-rail is thought to represent a 'picking stick' used in the towns famous 19th century silk-manufacturing business; see Dr B.Cotton, The English Regional Chair, p.366-375.

    One chair with maker's stamp to the rear back upright at seat level; probably Charles Leicester, working 1816-60.
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