A pair of late 17th century oak and elm slat-back side chairs, English, circa 1685

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Lot 645
A pair of late 17th century oak and elm slat-back side chairs, English, circa 1685

Sold for £ 1,375 (US$ 1,688) inc. premium
A pair of late 17th century oak and elm slat-back side chairs, English, circa 1685
Each high-back with an unusual wavy profile-cut central slat flanked to either side by an outward facing scroll and foliage-carved slat and mortised between a conforming scroll carved cresting and base rail, the ring-turned uprights with ball finials, the boarded elm seat on block and ball-turned front legs joined by a scroll-carved mid-stretcher and multiple plain side stretchers, 49cm wide x 44cm deep x 123cm high, (19in wide x 17in deep x 48in high) (2)

Footnotes

  • The back uprights have an unusual pronounced rear step at seat-rail height and therefore increase in depth from the seat level down.

    Tobias Jellinek, Early British Chairs and Seats, (2009), illustrates a slat-back chair with a similar carved cresting rail dated to circa 1685, p. 309, Plate 430. Comparisons can also be made with regard to the back uprights, particularly the treatment of the ball finials.
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