A Charming Primitive Scottish Child's Chair c.1800-20

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Origin: Probably Scottish
Period: George III
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1800-20
Height: 19 inches
Width: 8.25 inches
Depth: 12 inches (all at maximum)

In desirable un-meddled with condition, the slat backed chair of small proportions with shaped seat, elm top rail and apron frieze in the original black finish survives from the early Victorian period in northern England or Scotland made by a father for his child.

There are no structural issues with the chair, she remains stable and sturdy with no signs of worm. The paint stain is original to the piece and has beautifully worn patina commensurate with age and usage to the right areas, namely the back of the top rail and to the front legs, each having been knocked and kicked throughout its lifetime. To the underside of the chair there is a metal mounting bracket, which has been added to stabilise once corner.

The size of the chair means it was made for a small child and although there is a possibility it is a dolls or teddy bears chair, the wear to the paintwork suggests it was more heavily used than this, and by a human, not just a toy. The apron frieze on the chair is rather unusual for a chair of this type.

Wonderfully decorative and supremely evocative of its myriad of journeys thus far through the United Kingdom this is a very sweet and decorative example of child’s furniture.

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