A harlequin set of eight yew,elm and ash Windsor chairs, including two armchairs Attributed to the Prior Family workshop, Buckingham, namely Robert Prior, (w.1816-1845)
Lot 140
A harlequin set of eight yew, elm and ash Windsor chairs, including two armchairs Attributed to the Prior Family workshop, Buckingham, namely Robert Prior, (w.1816-1845)
Sold for £2,500 (US$ 3,920) inc. premium

Lot Details
A harlequin set of eight yew, elm and ash Windsor chairs, including two armchairs
Attributed to the Prior Family workshop, Buckingham, namely Robert Prior, (w.1816-1845)
Each hooped back with three pierced and roundel centred splats, each armchair with a conforming decorative underarm splat, the elm saddle seat raised on baluster-turned legs joined by a crinoline stretcher, (8)

Footnotes

  • Of the many Windsor chair makers to work in towns and villages outside the major chair making centre of High Wycombe, few could claim a more distinguished place in the history of English Windsor chair making than the Prior family of Uxbridge, Middlesex, Bernard Cotton, The English Regional Chair, p.76.

    At least three members of the Prior family worked as chair makers. The chairs in this lot have been attributed to Robert Prior, as he appears to be the only member of the family to use underarm splats that mirror the pattern of the back splats. Several chairs of this design have also been found to bear the stamp, Robert Prior, Maker, Uxbridge, ibid., p.79, fig. TV157.
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