A rare and wonderful 17th Century Charles II Yorkshire Child’s High Chair of fabulous Colour. The shaped crest above carved guilloche flanked by scroll’s to the top of the back legs, the botanical carved back panel having tulip to the centre, the front seat rail carved with lunettes. Now lacking some height but otherwise in remarkable original condition, with untouched pegs and perfect colour and surface. the seat and the foot board are both original with clean dry untouched underneath surface. The Chair is of the superior stepped construction with the bottom rails coming past the seat rail and tenoning into the legs to form support for the foot board. Examples of this type of stepped construction are very rare. There is however a Yorkshire example in Victor Chinnery’s book ‘Oak Furniture The British Tradition’. Interestingly my father remembers having lunch with Chinnery many years ago when he was still collecting the images and information for this book. Another example with repairs can be found in the V&A museum.
A Yorkshire example from the collection of the Earl Of Perth with similar crest but not however of stepped construction, sold at Christie’s Interiors sale on the 24th of May 2017, lot 133.
My father very much a no nonsense Yorkshire man, has been in the business 55 years, upon seeing the chair he promptly announced “I don’t need to look twice at it, its a gem”.
Height = 94 cm (37.0″)
Width = 41 cm (16.1″)
Depth = 40 cm (15.7″)