Origin: English or French Period: Art Deco Provenance: Unknown Date: c.1925-35 Height: 29” or 17” at seat Width: 33” Depth: 39” (all at extremities)
The comfortable and deep leather armchair having barrel type arms, the whole being hob-nail studded, and of typical club form, the feet being art deco inspired angular pyramid blocks, and the whole surviving from the early twentieth century.
The chair is in largely original order making it appealing if one likes chairs with an abundance of character, with the upholstery just on the right side of distressed. The leather is worn but appealingly so, now wonderfully supple to the seat, with a handful of repairs to the whole, including a patch to the right arm, which we have stabilised, please see photographs for visual reference. There are some areas where the leather has worn down to the base level. There is one small tear to the back; we have resprung and re-webbed the seat.
The word "club" in club chair harks back to the gentlemen's clubs in nineteenth century England where a gentleman could go to get away from his household (including womenfolk). Once there, he would sink into a well-upholstered leather chair and relax with a drink and perhaps a cigar. The names of the fashionable London streets full of such clubs are still used to name classic club chairs : St. James, Piccadilly and so on. A dictionary definition of a club chair or sofa is "A heavily upholstered piece of furniture with arms and a low back".