Two Bridgewater model armchairs made by Howard and Sons of London.
These two chairs stand on the earlier sort of turned legs for which the company is so well known. These chairs are currently upholstered in sprung horsehair with no feather cushions. This method of upholstery lends itself to applications where the plumping of cushions is to be avoided, such as high use or public areas. The cushionless Bridgewater is also the ideal model to be upholstered in thick fabric or leather, neither of which work very well with down feathers. However, all the systems of upholstery have the same frame shape and, as when new, these chairs can be upholstered with a plain, waisted or button back or they can also be re-upholstered using the famous siege de duvet system which makes them so very comfortable.
English circa 1890 £6800 each
(price includes restoration and recovery,
but not the price of the fabric itself)
69cm / 27″ wide at frame
76cm / 30″ wide max
69cm / 27″ deep frame
94cm / 37″ deep max
86cm / 34″ high
33cm / 13″ high seat