A late 20th century oak framed child’s Orkney chair.
The back is constructed from black oat straw and bent grass, bound together with cord made from twisted bent grass.
The back is almost straight before it curves smoothly out to create a comfortable supportive seat.
The chair has a drop in woven seat in an oak frame.
The Orkney chair has developed through local island tradition, most likely originating from a humble piece of furniture that the islanders could make for themselves with local materials that were readily available.
In its very early stages the chairs design was a simple low round stool covered with straw. It was then developed into a low chair in later years by adding of a straw back around two feet in height. This design is thought to be a practical aspect, to shelter the occupant from the cold Orkney draughts. Similar chairs can be seen in Bernard Cotton’s book ‘Scottish Vernacular Furniture’ (pages 250-261).
The oak frame is in good condition with some minor damage to the corners, the straw back has is in good condition. (Circa 1970)
Height 85.5cm (33.7 inches)
Width 54cm (21.3 inches)
Depth 50cm (19.7 inches)