Jan & John Maggs

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17th-century upholstered armchair

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A stately oak armchair, upholstered in velvet.

The front legs are turned from the floor to the seat and then chamfered between the seat and the arms. The rear legs cant backwards behind the seat, providing support for the upholstered back rest. The base is bound with a single rank of stretchers.

The arms and canted back supports are riddled with dozens of tiny tack holes, indicating that they, too, were upholstered in an earlier time. The upholstery, though not original, is surely more than a century old. The tiny ball feet are original.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to see another example of this type in the Graham James collection.

English, ca. 1640

Seat width: 24”; Seat depth: 19-1/2”; Seat height: 19”; Overall height: 36”

Price: $695

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Inventory #23831

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A SIMILAR CHAIR

"A fine and rare Charles I upholstered armchair covered in very worn 17th century crimson silk velvet, which is not its original covering. English, ca. 1640"

Gellinek, Tobias, Early British Chairs and Seats, 1500 to 1700

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