Charles I oak joined armchair

Circa 1630
Somerset, England

W 28" × H 45.5" × D 23"

Stock # marh0401


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Early seventeenth-century West Country joined great chair. A classic Somerset chair with architectonic arcaded back panel. Other iconic West Country features include the chairs extended crest rail with arabesque interlace and applied scrolled brackets, adorst ogee crest, and relatively square ground-plan. A closely related chair probably constructed by the same workshop was owned by John Fardon and sold as lot 227 in Sothebys, Oak and Country Furniture, 27 September, 2001. The same chair is also illustrated in Tobias Jellinek, Early British Chairs and Seats, 1500-1700, plate 49, p. 68. Both chairs have the unusual feature of a massive torus molding applied around the front and side seat rails. Retains cresting, stretchers, and seat secured with original pins. Finials replaced; patch to one rear stile at juncture with crest rail. Rich dark surface with highly developed natural patination.