A Fine Commonwealth Period Oak Westmorland Armchair
The very traditionally shaped crest, with carved snail-like creatures – known as “warms” – set either side of owner’s initials AB and date 1658. It is worth noting that this is a very early date for Westmorland furniture - chairs, cupboards and coffers are more often found with dates from 1670 to 1690.
The back panel is carved with a variation on the Westmorland interlaced strapwork “knot”, and is contained in a broad deeply run-moulded frame, which extends down to form the back legs. The original twin boarded seat sits between stoutly turned arm supports, which again continue down to form the front legs – all joined by heavy sectioned stretchers.
English, Westmorland, probably Kendal area, 1658.
Height 42 inches, depth 27 inches, width 25 inches.
Victor Chinnery discusses the Westmorland tradition in his book “Oak Furniture, The British Tradition”, page 486 to 494.