A Charming George II Estate-Made Provincial Open Armchair c.1730

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Origin: British
Period: George II
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1720-40
Height: 41.75 inches
Width: 26 inches
Depth: 20.5 inches

The peg-jointed estate made eighteenth century open armchair in elm and oak, the tapering whole of wonderful colour, having a ladder back with arched top rail, two plank seat, on turned supports with stretchers surviving in untouched original condition.

The whole is structurally sound and un-restored. Some of the parts to the chair may be slightly later replacements in the eighteenth or early nineteenth centuries but the majority is early eighteenth century. We have simply removed some bird droppings and cobwebs (this is a true barn find) and given her a light wax to bring her colour out. Her condition is simply wonderful with some flaws, in the form of old repairs but nothing within the last century. The patination and character marks are of the most desirable state, the staining with a good crusty bitumen like state, and she shows the original saw teeth marks to the slat backs with natural bowing to both the seat planks and arms.

This chair would have been crafted by an estate carpenter, honestly and carefully, which is why it doesn’t follow one particular set of rules in accordance to its design. There are influences of Cromwellian period wainscot oak chairs in this chairs proportions, whilst the ladderback is an early Georgian feature and the curved broad top rail is not commonly found. Provincial furniture was made in the provinces or rural districts, typically in England and France and also rural districts of Italy and holds a rural, country or farmhouse flavour, typically less flamboyant than fast changing fine furniture trends initiated in royal courts over past centuries.

A truly charming example of provincial furniture and a fabulously barn fresh find.

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