The 1851 Great Exhibition Carved Armchair by Arthur Jones

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The 1851 Great Exhibition
Carved Bog Yew Armchair
By Arthur Jones of Dublin

Carved entirely from Irish bog yew wood, a timber celebrated for its rarity and its ability to achieve a beautiful polish due to its close grain; the armchair designed and manufactured by Arthur Jones “to illustrate the history, antiquities, animal and vegetable productions, etc., of Ireland.” The carved back of the chair proudly displaying the ancient arms of Ireland in the form of a harp, surmounted by the rare crest and torse consisting of a tower with a deer leaping from the portal; flanked by carved oak leaves and two ancient Irish warrior busts; the waisted outline of the back leading toward the elbows of the fauteuil formed by two carved wolf dogs; one recumbent with its collar inscribed “Gentle when stroked” in Gaelic, while its counterpart standing at attention, his collar reading “Fierce when provoked.” Supported on four lion-paw feet with hidden castors, carved with oak leaves and acorns, complementing the carved shamrock decorated apron. With later upholstery. The back signed by the maker “Jones / Maker. Dublin. / 1850.”
Irish, dated 1850

Object Condition

Excellent condition

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:30.00 x H:75.00 x D:31.50 inches
  • period
  • country
  • year
    1850

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