A Cromwellian Oak Side Chair
The twin horizontal splats, richly carved with scrolls around a stylised face, or mask – often thought of as that of Charles I. Most unusually on this type of chair, the splats are flat across the bottom, and not upwardly arched as is normally found. The uprights decorated with bold split balusters, and terminating in inward-facing scrolled finials.
The boarded seat, inset within the rails, and supported on heavy turned baluster legs, joined by a similarly turn cross stretcher. The legs terminate in a very unusual “double foot”, and the whole being of excellent deep and dark colour.
English, Derbyshire/South Yorkshire, circa 1660-1670.
Height 42.5 inches, width 18 inches, depth 15 inches.