A Pair of Mendlesham Armchairs
A Pair of Mendlesham Armchairs

A Pair of Mendlesham Armchairs

c. 1830 England

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The Mendlesham chair can be placed alongside the Windsor type chair, popular from the late 18th century through to the mid 19th. There came about many regional variations of the high backed wooden armchair, but the distinct design of the Mendlesham chair is associated with the Day family, and in particular Richard Day. From around 1830 he is recorded as a cabinet maker from Mendlesham, mid Suffolk. These chairs, with their unique details, were probably too expensive for the local land workers but instead were destined for the homes of the more middling classes of small trading merchants, county parsons and lawyers from the surrounding villages. Always seen as special, they were often commissioned in pairs for special occasions such as weddings. The making of this traditional chair continued after Richard Days death in 1838 through into the 1860's.
A pair of Mendlesham chairs in yew with elm seats, the back set with ball decoration and a heart fret to the central pierced splat.
English circa 1830
w.20 in x d.17 in x h.32.75 in
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Woolwich Church Street
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