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    Sale 5355

    Christie's Interiors - Oak Edition

    20 May 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 163

    A PAIR OF CELTIC ASH LOW-BACK WINDSOR ARMCHAIRS

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF CELTIC ASH LOW-BACK WINDSOR ARMCHAIRS
    LATE 18TH CENTURY
    Of particularly large proportions, each with figured seat and inswept front arm supports
    Each 28 in. (71 cm.) high; 29 in. (74 cm.) wide; the seat 19½ in. (49 cm.) deep; 17½ in. (44 cm.) high; at the centre point 2 in. (5 cm.) thick (2)


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    These remarkable Windsors are unusual and charismatic in many senses including their originality and imposing size. They show little evidence of the hard daily use which many windsors of this type undergo, which suggests that they were made to stand in a sheltered space, perhaps in the hallway or gallery of a large house where they may have formed part of a longer set. Their construction is entirely consistent with Celtic windsors, including turned legs without stretchers and spindles which pass through the arms and back. However, an exact region of origin is not possible to determine, although an archive search of windsors from Wales, the West Country and the West of Scotland shows a closely similar example in the collection of the Highland Folk Museum, Kingussie, Inverness-shire, which was collected from a croft at Balmacara, Ross-shire in the 1940's.
    Dr. B. Cotton, April 2008.

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