Henry VIII oak great chair
W 28" × H 51" (seat height 22.5") × D 22"
Stock # Marh0451
Henry VIII joined oak great chair, of great presents with Latin inscription De.vs.est.amor.mevs translating to God is my love, which is inlaid with a black filler. The coat of arms below the inscription and the pair of hands in the upper central triangular pediment to be researched. The back panel and frieze with heavy applied mouldings, the lower section of the chair with all four legs being turned, this is not a common practise as the upper half of the chair is cut from the lower in order to turn the back legs. The seat rails cutout and inlaid with a black filler.There would have been a heavy moulding around the seat rails at seat height, this is now missing. A picture of a bed in (Different Pourtraicts de Menuiserie) plate 12 by Hans Vredeman de Vries, shows a very similar triangular pediment and heavy moulding on the back panel of the bed. Another bed with similar work sold in the John Fardon collection in Christies South Kensington May 1996.