A Very Good Black Painted English Bow-Back Windsor Armchair c.1820-30

Origin: English
Period: George IV/Regency
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1820-30
Height: 37.5” or 18” at seat
Width: 23.5”
Depth: 25.5” (all at extremities)

The early Nineteenth century stick back Windsor bow-back armchair, in oak and beech, having a nine-stick comb hoop back to elegantly shaped arms with scroll ends and curved supports, each with charming matched twine repairs, the shaped seat to conforming legs with incised turned decoration, H-stretcher and original black painted finish to the whole, surviving from the first quarter of nineteenth century England.

In desirable original condition, the chair is comfortable and is structurally sound, with some expected wear to the paint at the extremities such as the seat and arms. The two arms have twine reinforcements which we find very appealing and they match well, giving the piece an added charm. In terms of stability the arms are still very much stable and the legs have not been cut down or re-tipped as you see on some examples. There is some very sporadic old worm to a few small areas.

The Windsor chair is recognised as one of the classics of English country furniture While it is thought that the name of the English Windsor chair derives from its creation in the Windsor area, the High Wycombe area is well known as a key part of the country where these chairs were made. The most famous of them all is the armchair design. This has a single piece of wood curved round the chair to form the arms and the back. Windsor chairs were made in a wide range of styles and there are distinct regional variations from all over Britain and the USA where the form was equally popular. Period Windsor chairs, when they were new, were painted and they were frequently made from different types of wood and thus the paint tied the pieces together.

A very attractive and desirable armchair with added period charm.