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This chair features the oval back, which was introduced in the 1680s. This makes it a rare example as, at this time, the twist-turned chair was ‘nearing the end of its fashionable life’ (Bowett, p.230). Bowett notes that the horsebone scrolls, which are carved into the frames of the back panel, lend themselves to the oval shape. He comments: ‘Because oval backs were not introduced until twist-turned frames were becoming passé, the combination of oval back and twist-turned frame is actually relatively uncommon in England.’ (Bowett, p.230). For a similar example see Bowett, ‘English Furniture 1660 – 1714’, Plate 8:1, p.231.
Adam Bowett states that: ‘The rise of the caned chair manufactory was one of the great success stories of English furniture making’ (p.22). Both the technique and the material of caning came from the Orient, with the ‘cane’ being made from the trailing suckers of the Rotang or Rattan cane (Calamus rotang), a plant native to Asia. The suckers were split to produce long, narrow strips, which were very robust and easily pliable when damp or green. According to the London Cane-Chairmakers’ petition of 1690, caning for seat furniture did not come into fashion until ‘about the year 1664’ (p.84). Inspired by Chinese prototypes, English caned chairs quickly established their own stylistic and structural vocabulary, and became a distinctively English product (Bowett, pp.22-23; 84-8).
|Height||118.00 cm||(46.46 inches)|
|Width||63.50 cm||(25.00 inches)|
|Depth||67.25 cm||(26.48 inches)|
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