17th Century Panel Back Chair




This brooding oak low chair is a good example of a Scots vernacular furniture and is likely to have been made for a prominent household where only the master of the house would have been allowed to sit. Everyone else would have sat even lower on stools. During the 18th and 19th centuries, chairs such as these fell out of favour, perceived as old-fashioned, and might have ended up in servants’ quarters - evidence for the fact that there is an old-fashioned iron burn in the seat. We find such expressive signs of use over time fascinating, alongside the unusually graphic carving on the backrest.

Height 97cm, depth 42cm. 61cm at the widest part of the seat, 33cm seat height.

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