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Oak wainscot armchair

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A handsome oak armchair with carved back. The central panel is carved with six tobacco leaves within a circular concave frame embellished with gouge work. Four arrowheads radiate diagonally from the round frame; each is adorned with sprigs of foliage at its point. The upper rail is carved with palmettes within arched lunettes, while the lower rail is divided into thirds, each containing a double tobacco leaf. The seat - an old replacement - is decorated at its ends with chip carving, a treatment intended to reduce splitting, while adding a subtle decorative touch. The gracefully shaped arms rest atop the two front posts and are lightly scratch carved with chevrons. The front legs are turned with diminutive cup-and-cover forms. The lower stretchers are decorated with a shallow moulding. They are nicely worn and have good color.

One may assume that this chair once had a crest above the joined back. As styles and tastes changed, these flamboyant embellishments lost favor, and many were removed. This appears to be the case here. Fortunately, no one has attempted to "restore" it by adding a new one.

English, ca. 1650

 

 





 

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