A Good c.1900 Artist’s Chair by Glenister of High Wycombe

Origin: British
Period: Late Nineteenth / Early Twentieth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1890-1910
Height: 46 inches at maximum or 42 inches at minimum
Base Diameter: 20 inches
Maximum Depth: 24 inches (at legs)

The mahogany framed artists or draughtsman’s work chair comprising of a height adjustable back and seat with original rexine upholstery, shaped pierced seat and integral foot-rest, stamped ‘GRV’ and with further stamps of ‘G.W’, ‘Glenister Maker Wycombe’ and numbered ‘1754’, survives from the turn of the nineteenth century.

The whole remains in good untouched condition and both mechanisms work soundly. The iron shows oxidization and wear and there are paint splashes here and there, which prove a nice nod to its past use. There is wear commensurate with age to the mahogany, with the foot rest showing the most wear as to be expected. It has clearly been well used but  also looked after; this draughtsman or artist certainly had an abundant pen or brush.

Glenister’s was founded by Daniel Glenister in 1839. He was, at the time, a publican and if the local chairmakers couldn’t pay their tab at the bar, they made up chairs out of spare parts for him, which he then sold. This sideline soon became more profitable than the pub giving birth to the company. The core business of the firm became Windsor-style chairs and Refectory tables, settees and arm chairs. Glenister’s took orders for the Ministry of Supply, providing furniture for barracks, libraries and hospitals (including screens). At this time the business was in Queen’s Square, High Wycombe. Then, at around this chair was made in 1895, there is first reference to the firm of Thomas Glenister at Temple End, High Wycombe. The Thomas Glenister Company ceased trading in the 1990s.

Evocative of the painter, illustrator and draughtsman, this has a real bohemian presence.