Early 17th Century Oak Armchairs
A Charles I oak open armchair.
The top rail, with a low scrolled crest, set above a well-carved back panel of a lozenge with whorls to the top corners. The shaped arms, with stamp carved detail, supported on heavy inverted baluster turnings, which continue into the legs. The seat rail, with running gouge carving. Excellent colour and condition.
Gloucestershire/Wiltshire, circa 1630.
A fine Cromwellian oak open armchair, with deep scroll carved cresting rail, set above an arcaded panel, filled with a stylised tree of life motif. A rare feature are the long pair of side pieces, which reach the full height of the back and carved with a scaly serpent. The gently down-curving arms, set on good short baluster turnings, which extend down to the legs, which are joined by a square all round stretcher.
Somerset, circa 1660.
See Victor Chinnery, Oak Furniture, The British Tradition, page 455, figure 4.79 for a very similar chair from the same workshop