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Lovely 17th Century Elm Library Gentleman's Arm Chair c. 1690

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Lovely 17th Century Elm Library Gentleman's Arm Chair c. 1690

SHORT DESCRIPTION
A truly lovely library chair made in c. 1690
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DIMENSIONS
26 inches wide, 31 inches deep and 44 inches high. Floor to seat is 17 inches. For metric please multiply by 2.5
DATED
c.1690

 
FULL DESCRIPTION
A truly lovely library chair made in c. 1690 of solid elm which has developed a beautiful rich colour and natural deep patina from more than 330 years of use and care. The chair is solid, heavy and robust with firm pegged joints throughout and original timbers. It is extremely comfortable, the long well padded back has a supportive gentle rake and the deeply padded seat is wide and capacious. The chair has been newly re-upholstered in a good quality silk and wool foliate fabric with scrolling William Morris style design of woodland colours that compliment the colour of the elm very well.

The beautiful wavy H stretcher is original also. The legs shaped and terminating in substantial curled feet. The arms carved to a most attractive natural form. Made by hand and with considerable care. A provincial craftsman, perhaps making a solid and comfortable chair for himself as the form is very sympathetic to the grain of the elm and the chair looks to have been made by someone who loved working the wood.

Some very old repairs to the arms where they scroll and meet the upright supports, these stable and are donkeys years old. Some worm holes, long since dead, here and there and some light losses/depletions to underside of the foot on one back leg. All typical of an elm chair of this great age and part of its history and charm.

A lovely early example of considerable age and very attractively form. Suitable and practical for regular use.