An Early 19thC Painted English West Country Hoop-Back Windsor Armchair c.1825-35

Origin: English
Period: William IV
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1825-35
Height: 38.5” or 15” at seat
Width: 24.5”
Depth: 22” (all at extremities)

The early Nineteenth century stick back Windsor bow-back armchair, having a nine-stick comb hoop back to shaped and curved supports, the shaped seat to conforming legs, H-stretcher and dry scraped back to the original pale blue paint with later traces of green and red, the whole surviving from the second 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 whole being wonderfully aged with a slope to the back left due to years of use. The arms are beautifully worn, with a gorgeous patina.

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 delightful armchair being both highly decorative and perfectly useable.