Of Unusual 'Made Do' Form
Solid Sycamore, Ash and Pine with Historic Painted Surface
The Derek and Sally Green Collection
From the heart of the British vernacular tradition, this delightfully proportioned and well drawn “one off” estate made chair was created from re-used elements around the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The wonderfully shaped solid sycamore saddle seat, from an early Windsor chair, has been built onto and incorporated into a plank constructed wing armchair with shaped cresting rail and high wing sides. Such pieces were made from whatever materials the maker had to hand when he wanted to create a particular piece and the transition from the originally stick backed chair into a boarded rocking wing armchair, was presumably made to block out draft and possibly to protect a nursing mother or for use as a Shepherd’s lambing chair. Constructed from various indigenous timbers, primarily ash and pine it retains much of its original red painted surface and bears a genuine original and untouched surface. The bolted on rockers are possibly later additions. This is a most unusual and charming estate made folk art example of primitive country furniture from the British vernacular tradition, absolutely unique.