A Good Decorative Set of Six c.1860s Scottish Stained Provincial Elm & Beech Oxford-Back Chapel Chairs


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Object Description

The decorative mid-nineteenth century set of six matching original treacle stained elm and beech chapel chairs with oxford-backs, shaped seats and ring turned legs with h-stretchers, each surviving from an ecclesiastical setting in mid-Victorian Scotland.

Object History

A Church/Chapel in Scotland.

Object Literature

Chairs of this type are rarely as decorative as these, with the treacle staining worn off in places giving them an attractive authentic feel. The fact they are from Scotland and remain in a group are also both pluses. Matching sets of six aren’t all that easy to locate, many being harlequin sets (ie slightly different) so this group prove a good find. Finding genuine sets of matching antique chairs can be very difficult due to a few reasons. Over time some chairs may have become over used and broken, making the sets smaller or very often on a deceased estate, very often sets of 12 chairs would be split between the family.

A ready-to-use set that also prove beautifully decorative and provide good value for money.

Object Condition

The chairs all show a consistent amount of wear to their paintwork, with an all-over craquelure and as such prove beautifully decorative. They are all stable and able to be used day to day with no signs of worm. We have left the stained finish well alone to each. One of the chairs has one area of wear to the stain to its reverse and one has a small crack to one seat. Some of the chairs have the word ‘church’ written in pencil on the undersides of the seats.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1767 640995
+44 (0)7729 213013

Dealer Location

The Onion Barn
Shoe Cottage
15 High Street
MK44 3NL

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