A wonderful and rare, 17th Century, English, Charles II, highly decorated, hand carved oak Wainscot armchair. The Chair has an intricately carved scrollwork top rail, above a beautiful, decorative floral inlaid back panel, showing a bird within a tree. In the centre of the top rail there is a striking hand carved man’s face with a flamboyant moustache! A reference possibly to the Green Man.
The Chair has elegant, long, down swept arms on turned arm supports. There is a boarded seat with a decorative seat rail. The legs rise up from block feet with later metal caps joined by stretchers.
Excellent provenance - we are advised by a local antiques expert that this Wainscot chair is likely to have come from Battle Abbey. Battle Abbey is world famous as it is one of England's most significant historic sites. In 1066 the armies of King Harold and William the Conqueror fought here at the highly significant Battle of Hastings.
It's incredible to imagine the history that this Chair has been surrounded by - being some 340 years old from new. The Chair's wonderful aged, warm and tactile patina comes from hundreds of years of loving care from the various people who have owned this Chair down the Centuries.
This Chair was a gift from East Sussex County Council to the Battle Rural District Council in 1934 as stated in the plaque on the back of the Chair dated 1934.
1660 - 1685
In excellent solid antique condition given its great age. The end of the RHS arm has been restored. The restoration is solid - there is a very minor movement in the the restoration from side to side.
There is a straight line timber shrinkage split of some 2 mm along the seat. There is also a very fine shrinkage crack across the upper portion of the seat. The seat is very solid. There are two small pieces of oak beading missing on the RHS of the back panel of the Chair. Please see photographs
Dimensions ( L x W x H )
Length arm to arm - 59 cm or 1ft 11.22 inches
Length of arms - 52 cm or 1ft 8.47 inches
Depth including arms 54 cm or 1ft 9.26 inches
Depth of Seat 40 cm or 1ft 3.74 inches
Height - 121 cm or 3ft 11.63 inches
Height from floor to top of seat - 51 cm or 1ft 8.07 inches
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Delivery costs GBP
UK - 70.00
Europe - estimated 150.00
USA - estimated 450.00
Rest of the World - estimated 550.00
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