Early Turner’s/Thrown Fruitwood Armchair
Early Turner’s/Thrown Fruitwood Armchair
Early Turner’s/Thrown Fruitwood Armchair
Early Turner’s/Thrown Fruitwood Armchair
Early Turner’s/Thrown Fruitwood Armchair

Early Turner’s/Thrown Fruitwood Armchair

c. 1630 England

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A four-legged raked-back ‘four post’ "Throwne" armchair, with a panelled-in seat and elaborately turned. The turned rear and front uprights terminate in ball finials, forming hand rests on the front uprights. The seat board is framed within the four seat rails. The back uprights are offset from the back legs or posts.

Known as a ‘Turner's chair’ because each part is turned on a pole-lathe by a wood-turner. Stools and chairs are the most important aspects of turners’ furniture. The role of the turner is usually considered a secondary function – as a decorator of joined furniture, taking on aesthetic rather than structural responsibilities. Yet the turner was also responsible for an independent range of items, which included furniture, spinning wheels, mortars, cups, bowls and scales. The principle of turnery consists of shaping a piece of wood with chisels whilst it revolves around an axis between the jaws of a lathe. This process was precisely described in the seventeenth Century: ‘…Any substance, be it Wood, Ivory, Brass, etc., pitcht steddy upon two points (as on an Axis), and moved about on that Axis, also describes a Circle concentric to the Axis; And an Edge-Tool set steddy to that part of the Aforesaid Substance that is nearest the Axis, will in a Circumvolution of that Substance, cut off all the parts of Substance that lies further off the Axis and make the outside of that Substance also Concentrick to the Axis… This is a brief Collection, and indeed the whole Summ of Turning…’. (see Victor Chinnery, 'Oak Furniture: The British Tradition', Antique Collectors’ Club, 1979, pp. 81-86 for information about turning; and pp.87-104 for information about turned chairs). The terms ‘turner’ and ‘thrower’ mean the same thing, thus the classic turned chairs are described as both ‘turneyed’ and ‘throwen’ in English inventories.
A similar example is illustrated in Tobias Jellinek, 'Early British Chairs and Seats', Antique Collectors’ Club in association with Crab Tree Farm, 2009, plate 196.
Height 109.00 cm (42.91 inches)
Width 65.00 cm (25.59 inches)
Depth 59.00 cm (23.23 inches)
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