An exceptionally rare mid-16th century oak enclosed box armchair English, circa 1540 - 1560

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Lot 384
An exceptionally rare mid-16th century oak enclosed box armchair
English, circa 1540 - 1560

Sold for £ 8,125 (US$ 10,533) inc. premium

The Oak Interior

17 Jan 2013, 11:00 GMT

Chester

An exceptionally rare mid-16th century oak enclosed box armchair
English, circa 1540 - 1560
Of canted, fully-enclosed form, the high back of six panels with moulded rails and four turned finials, with straight and flat channel-moulded arms either side of a later-boarded seat, covering a seat pierced as a commode, the fully enclosed and panelled base with panelled door to the front beneath a seat rail with linear decoration, 61.5cm wide x 45cm deep x 121cm high, (24in wide x 17.5in deep x 47.5in high)

Footnotes

  • Literature: Two more highly-decorated chairs of comparable shape and form are illustrated V. Chinnery, Oak Furniture: The British Tradition (1993), pp. 242 - 243, Figures 3:18 and 3:19. The former is part of the Burrell Collection, Glasgow.

    Most examples are dated to the first four decades of the 16th century. The slightly lighter construction of this chair possibly suggest a slightly later mid-16th century date.
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An exceptionally rare mid-16th century oak enclosed box armchair English, circa 1540 - 1560
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