Welsh Yew wood turned armchair

Circa 1500 - 1600
Wales

W 27 1/4" × H 41 3/4" × D 22 1/2"

Stock # Marh2236

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16th century Yew wood and oak turned armchair. Similar example shown in Richard Bebb’s book Welsh furniture 1250 – 1950, volume 1, page 139, figure 217 Provenance: Paul W Doll Jr. collection USA. Harrods, London. Illustrated in advert dated May 1st 1924 for Harrods of London, described as: This chair is an exceedingly rare specimen of Yew wood. It is guaranteed to be of Sixteenth Century construction (No.29792)

Provenance: Paul W Doll Jr. collection USA.
Harrods, London.

For almost half a century, the whereabouts of Doll’s collection were unknown to all but a few. It was not until the financier’s death in February 2020 that his extraordinary estate came to light. ‘It was like Sleeping Beauty’s castle. He had built himself this tiny citadel in a rainforest in North Carolina, and inside were ancient artefacts that hadn’t been seen for almost 50 years.