A Sublime William IV Period Ebonised & Bobbin Turned Library Wing Armchair c.1830-40

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Origin: English
Period: William IV
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1830-40
Height: 40”
Seat Height: 16”
Width: 25”
Depth: 28” (all at extremities)

The good quality whole of generous proportions, consisting of all over bobbin turnings in ebonised beech featuring an unusual wing back, the fluted frieze with carved roundels under a seat of deep proportions upholstered in ivory cotton fabric, with a tapered drop-in squab cushion, the whole on further bobbin turned front legs to rear sabres each with brass swivel castors, with the makers or craftsman’s stamp of ‘S.F’ to the carcass underside, surviving from William IV period England.

The chair is in very good condition both structurally and aesthetically, and there are no major flaws to report. The upholstery is relatively recent and contrasts well with the ebonised finish, with both cushions being removable. There is wear and light fading to the ebonised finish to the extremities, as you would expect, but the wear is light and the overall patination is pleasing. The wear is a little heavier to the back where the chair has been backed onto a wall so the turnings are more worn to the reverse side as a result. The castors appear to be original and are moving freely.

The makers mark incised twice to the underside of the carcass of ‘S.F’ is possibly the craftmans stamp for proof of making, for example for wages, as opposed to the makers, which may well be by the likes of Gillows. We cannot find any reference to this particular stamp.

Popular from 1830s England, bobbin turning showcased the wood turning skills of craftsmen of the era, noted during the period as a ‘“Stain’d black turnery work chair” with this piece showing a plethora of individually turned pieces, in single turned rods.

With the addition of the winged back this is a very scarce example indeed and proves hugely desirable in every facet.

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