Jan & John Maggs

Antiques and Art

An oak wainscot armchair with carved and inlaid back

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A handsome example of this mid-17th century form, with a symmetrically carved back with a flower in its central panel, inlaid with ebony and holly. The inlaid panel is framed by a gentle arch, supported by two plinths, and the bases of the plinths are carved with stop-fluting, decorated with punchwork.

The arch and the front and side seat rails are carved with a running motif, and there is additional floral carving in the upper corners of the back panel. The crest rail is carved with nulling and an almost Escheresque running band that weaves in and out of the smaller arches. Two shaped arms complete the picture. As is usual in these chairs, the front legs are turned and the rear are not, adding to the importance of chair when viewed from the front.

Holes in the top of the rear posts suggest that the chair may once have had finials. They have been patched. The plank seat is an old replacement. The chair has good height, with more than an inch remaining beneath the bottom rails.

English, ca. 1660

Seat dimensions: 23” X 16”; Seat height: 19”; Overall height: 41 ½”

Price: $ 1,450

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Inventory #25941

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