Jan & John Maggs

Antiques and Art

A petite oak wainscot chair with inlaid back and arms

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Though small in size, this little chair offers a great deal in appearance, from its shaped crest to its front posts turned in cup-and-cover form, and the attractively moulded front apron rail. The crest has a triangular shape, with scratch-carved lollipop finials and matching scrolls surrounding the triangular peak. The forward-facing structural elements of the chair are dressed with moulding: a sophisticated planed pattern for the back rails and the front seat rail, and cruder scratch carving in the crest and lower rail, suggesting that these were perhaps done by another hand.

The back panel is inlaid with a narrow diamond, comprised of three distinct typed of wood in an engaging “clothespin” design. The rear posts and the tops of the flowing arms are inlaid with the same design.

The crest is held in place by wooden pegs and reinforced by applied cleats on their backs. The rear feet have been tipped. The rear of the crest has the initials “IW” crudely punched on it; it’s our guess that the woodworker who supplied the current crest on this chair placed his initials there.

English, late 17th century and later

Seat dimensions: 23” X 14 ½”; Seat height: 14 ½”; Overall height: 39 ½”

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Inventory #26193

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