Early 18th Century Scottish Armchair
Early 18th Century Scottish Armchair
Early 18th Century Scottish Armchair
Early 18th Century Scottish Armchair
Early 18th Century Scottish Armchair

Early 18th Century Scottish Armchair

c. 1700 to 1740 Aberdeenshire

Offered by Thomas Coulborn & Sons

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Made in Aberdeenshire, Scotland from ash and cherrywood. With a shaped top rail with a central carved five point star and half round finials. The back set with a fielded ash panel. With shaped arms characteristic of ‘caquetoire’ or ‘caqueteuse’ pattern, and on turned column supports, moulded stretchers.

The terms ‘caquetoire’ or ‘caqueteuse’ are used to describe armchairs of this shape, which have a narrow back, wide front, and trapezoidal seat (see Victor Chinnery, 'Oak Furniture: The British Tradition', The Antique Collectors’ Club, 1990, p.244). Tobias Jellinek explains that the two things which distinguish the ‘caqueteuse’ from all other types of armchair are the trapezium shaped seat and the horizontal arms which are crooked in the middle (Tobias Jellinek, 'Early British Chairs and Seats 1500 to 1700', Antique Collectors’ Club in association with Crab Tree Farm, 2009, p.104). He continues: ‘Scotland, with its close historical links to France, seems to have adopted the form in the sixteenth century and practically made the form synonymous with Scottish Armchairs’ (p.104).

This chair is in the tradition of the oak chairs made by the Aberdeen Incorporated Trades, which are discussed in David Learmont’s article ‘The Trinity Hall Chairs, Aberdeen’, published in 'Furniture History', Volume XIV, 1978, pp.1-8. Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen is an ancient society of craftsmen in Aberdeen, whose headquarters are in Trinity Hall. The Trinity Hall collection of antique chairs is regarded as the most complete in Scotland and dates from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. All the chairs all executed in the Scots vernacular style, of which significant features are: a tall narrow back; a seat of almost triangular shape; and the arms sweeping round to grasp the sitter. These features show a Continental influence, which is unsurprising as Aberdeen was, during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the largest port in Scotland, importing Swedish oak and vast quantities of timber. As a result of this trade, a school of Aberdeen woodcarvers flourished from the middle of the sixteenth to the last quarter of the seventeenth Century.
Bibliography: David Learmont, ‘The Trinity Hall Chairs, Aberdeen’, Furniture History, Volume XIV, 1978, pp. 1-8, plates 1-20.

Tobias Jellinek, 'Early British Chairs and Seats 1500 to 1700' (Antique Collectors’ Club in association with Crab Tree Farm, 2009) – chapters on ‘Caqueteuse Armchairs’, pp.104-116 and ‘Trinity Hall, Aberdeen’, pp.170-178.
Dimensions
Height 115.50 cm (45.47 inches)
Width 64.00 cm (25.20 inches)
Depth 57.00 cm (22.44 inches)
Stock Code
6326
Medium
Oak.
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Thomas Coulborn & Sons
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