Early Oak Wainscot Chair
Early Oak Wainscot Chair
Early Oak Wainscot Chair
Early Oak Wainscot Chair
Early Oak Wainscot Chair

Early Oak Wainscot Chair

1744 Scotland

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Carved inscription on the back panel: ‘Anthony Dalziell made this chair February 1744’.

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. 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.

The term ‘caqueteuse’ is 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 ('Early British Chairs and Seats', Antique Collectors’ Club in association with Crab Tree Farm, 2009).

This chair exhibits a compromise in the cresting-rail which Chinnery points out was mainly found in Scottish chairs, in which the elaborate cresting-rail is stepped around the uprights, so that it both surmounted them and was tenured between them (ibid, p.247).

It is fascinating to note the date of this chair on a model assumed to be earlier.

Seat width (front): 22 inches (56cm)
Seat width (rear): 20.75 inches (52.75cm)
Seat depth: 19 inches (48.25cm)
Bibliography: David Learmont, ‘The Trinity Hall Chairs, Aberdeen’, Furniture History, Volume XIV, 1978, pp. 1-8, plates 1-20.
Dimensions
Height 120.00 cm (47.24 inches)
Width 28.50 cm (11.22 inches)
Depth 26.50 cm (10.43 inches)
Stock Code
6153
Medium
Oak
Signed/Inscribed
Carved inscription on the back panel: ‘Anthony Dalziell made this chair February 1744’.
Thomas Coulborn & Sons

Thomas Coulborn & Sons
Vesey Manor
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Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
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