London, South Kensington
12 July 2005
A NEAR PAIR OF THAMES VALLEY YEW AND ELM GOTHIC WINDSOR ARMCHAIRS
LATE 18TH CENTURY
Each with pierced splats, bell-shaped seats and front cabriole legs, slight difference in dimensions
39in (99cm) and 38in (97cm) high, 22in (56cm) and 21½in (55cm) wide, each seat 16½in (42cm) deep, 17½in (45cm) and 17in (43cm) high (2)
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A very similar chair is illustrated in Dr B Cotton, The English Regional Chair, Woodbridge, 1990, p.47, fig.TV20.
Gothic splat windsor chairs were considered to be 'best' windsor seating furniture and arguably the peak of windsor design, always being made in yew timber. Setting the Gothic splats within the conventional bow back, as opposed to the pointed arch back, creates a more subtle and less obvious Gothic form.
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