Jan & John Maggs

Antiques and Art

Charles II caned seat side chair

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A striking example of this well-known form. The tall, canted back is framed by two slender posts that are skillfully turned and terminate in elaborate finials. Between them are two carved rails; the crest rail is a graceful arch, embellished by pierced hearts, while the lower rail is simpler but complementary. Between the two rails are two parallel splats, each of which is comprised of two circular segments with botanic elements inside the arc. Between the splats, the back is finished with woven cane, which accentuates the complexity of the chair back.

The base of the chair contains a shaped stretcher that is a slightly expanded version of the crest. The front legs are handsomely carved, and the rear, side, and medial stretchers are turned more simply. The seat is caned in the traditional way.

This chair was recently deaccessioned from an important area museum. It is perhaps the finest example of this form that we’ve ever owned.

English, 1660 – 80

Dimensions: 18” X 20”; Seat height: 19”; Finial height: 53

Inventory #25972

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