An Early 20thC Leather Club Armchair c.1925-35


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Object Description

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.

Object History


Object Literature

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”.

Very much a chair to sink into and gaze.

Object Condition

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.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1767 640995

Dealer Location

The Onion Barn
Shoe Cottage
15 High Street
MK44 3NL