An interesting and large James I polychrome-painted and upholstered open armchair, circa 1620 With 18th/19th century paint possibly over a 17th century decorative scheme

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Lot 577
An interesting and large James I polychrome-painted and upholstered open armchair, circa 1620
With 18th/19th century paint possibly over a 17th century decorative scheme

Sold for £ 6,062 (US$ 7,579) inc. premium

The Oak Interior

18 Sep 2019, 11:00 BST

Oxford

An interesting and large James I polychrome-painted and upholstered open armchair, circa 1620
With 18th/19th century paint possibly over a 17th century decorative scheme
The chair's beech/oak frame with scroll-over back-uprights, their scroll repeated to each end of the downswept open-arms, columnar-turned front arm supports and legs, joined by rectangular stretchers all round, all painted black and decorated in a dark-orange 'arabesque' strapwork design, with stylized green foliage, red flowers and white dots, and embellished with button-bosses, the padded-back, stuff-over seat and padded arm-rests upholstered in floral embroidered emerald-green velvet, 73cm wide x 66cm deep x 117cm high, (28 1/2in wide x 25 1/2in deep x 46in high)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Penrose House, Helston, Porthleven, Cornwall.

    For a comparable painted chair, from Boughton House, Northamptonshire, see S. W. Wolsey and R. W. Luff, Furniture in England: The Age of the Joiner (1968), pl. 109, dated as 'late Elizabethan'. There are also several examples of early 17th century seats, mainly painted with floral patterns on a reddish-brown ground, at Knole House, Kent: armchair (NT129590); side chair (NT129609); stool (NT129412.1); X-frame chair (NT129419); and a settee (NT129438.1). A further chair in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, (w.58-1953), has 'traces of original gilded and painted decoration, so this was clearly an expensive and prestigious example'. See also the 'Bishop's Chair' at Exeter Cathedral, and a chair in the Hardwick Hall Collection, Derbyshire, with similar embroidery applied to later velvet, (NT1127776.1).

    A paint report, undertaken by Historic Interiors Research and Conservation, July 2019, is available for this Lot.
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An interesting and large James I polychrome-painted and upholstered open armchair, circa 1620 With 18th/19th century paint possibly over a 17th century decorative scheme
An interesting and large James I polychrome-painted and upholstered open armchair, circa 1620 With 18th/19th century paint possibly over a 17th century decorative scheme
An interesting and large James I polychrome-painted and upholstered open armchair, circa 1620 With 18th/19th century paint possibly over a 17th century decorative scheme
An interesting and large James I polychrome-painted and upholstered open armchair, circa 1620 With 18th/19th century paint possibly over a 17th century decorative scheme
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