• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7841

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    29 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 246

    A LATE VICTORIAN MAHOGANY WINDSOR ARMCHAIR

    ATTRIBUTED TO BIRCH & CO., CIRCA 1900

    Price Realised  

    A LATE VICTORIAN MAHOGANY WINDSOR ARMCHAIR
    ATTRIBUTED TO BIRCH & CO., CIRCA 1900
    The shaped and reeded toprail above a vase-shaped splat centred by a reeded cabochon and flanked by spindles and spirally-reeded stiles, with scrolled arms and a solid seat, on tapering spirally-turned legs joined by a curved stretcher, scratched initial 'D' to underside of seat
    39½ in. (101 cm.) high; 24¼ in. (62 cm.) wide; 20½ in. (52 cm.) deep


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    William Birch established his chairmaking business in High Wycombe in the 1840's, and his son Walter took over the business, by then known as Birch & Company, in 1895 with additional premises established in Euston Road, London, and workshops in nearby Denmark Street. The firm were pioneers in creating high class Windsor chairs, using imported rather than native timbers and employing leading designers. They supplied furniture for leading London stores including Liberty and exhibited at the St. Louis International Exhibition in 1904. Birch's Design and Cost Book entry for this model of armchair is reproduced in Michael Harding-Hill, Windsor Chairs, An Illustrated Celebration, Woodbridge, 2003, p.148.
    A closely related chair bearing the label of Edwards & Roberts was sold at Vost's, Newmarket, 24 February 1999. Another of the same design as the present lot was sold Christie's London, 6 April 2000, lot 278.

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