A rare Elizabeth I oak panel-back armchair Circa 1580
Lot 429
A rare Elizabeth I oak panel-back armchair Circa 1580
Sold for £22,500 (US$ 38,231) inc. premium
Auction Details
The Oak Interior Chester
25 Jul 2013 11:00 BST

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Lot Details
A rare Elizabeth I oak panel-back armchair
Circa 1580
Having a double panelled and ball-finial surmounted back, carved all-over with a profusion of flat-scrolls and punch-decoration, the larger panel centred by a pair of flowerheads within an egg-and-dart frame, the bold downswept scroll-ended open-arms on fluted baluster-turned supports, the later boarded seat above channel-moulded and punch-decorated rails, raised on conforming baluster-turned front legs, joined by plain stretchers, 67cm wide x 33cm deep x 122.5cm high, (26" wide x 12.5" deep x 48" high)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Reputedly from Parham House, West Sussex.

    Parham House is one of the finest surviving Elizabethan houses in England. Granted to London mercer Robert Palmer in 1540 after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the foundation stone of the present house was laid in 1577. Elizabeth I is reputed to have stayed at the house in 1593. Thomas Bishopp of Henfield (d. 1626) purchased the estate in 1601, was knighted in 1603 and created a baronet in 1620. His successors remained at Parham until 1922, when Mary, 17th Baroness Zouche sold it to the Honourable Clive Pearson and his wife Alicia for an astonishing £200,000. They opened the house to the public in 1948, and it is occupied by their descendants today.


    Literature:

    A near identical chair, which in terms of the carving differs only in the decoration of the lowest back panel, is in the collection of St. Alban's Abbey, illustrated H. Cescinsky & E. R. Gribble, Early English Furniture & Woodwork Volume II (1922), p. 190, Figure 251. It is noted that it is of 'the Wilts and Somerset type' and that it 'is distinguished by over-elaboration of ornament, in very flat relief. A close examination of the lower panel...will show that nearly every inch of available space is covered with this flat decoration.' [ibid., p. 194]

    The St. Albans Abbey chair has simple turned front legs compared to the fine baluster legs employed here. The seat rails are also less ornate. It does however, have a triangular carved cresting which appears to be lacking on this example.
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