Jan & John Maggs

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Lavishly carved 17th-century Yorkshire/Derbyshire side chair

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An excellent example of the classic North country chair, in oak with elaborate carving in the shaped slats and applied split spindle mouldings to the rear posts, which terminate in a shaped and carved finial. At the center of each slat is a stylized bearded face, thought by many to represent Charles I, who met his demise in 1649. The front posts and stretcher are embellished with tight ring turnings, while the side and rear stretchers are stout boards. The seat is supported by an oak board, mortised into the seat rails.

This early chair is, like most of its contemporaries, very solid, due in large part to the strength and weight of the wood. Unlike many similar chairs, this chair still has its six drop finials. Likewise, the little ball feet are original, and there is no measurable loss to the rear legs. The leather seat is a replacement, as are the brass bosses.

Yorkshire or Derbyshire, ca. 1650 - 60

Seat dimensions: 20” X 16-1/2”; Seat height: 21”; Overall height: 41”

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Inventory #25482

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