An Immensely Rare and Distinctive Charles II Oak Back Stool, or Single Chair
In this rare variation of the Yorkshire chair, the top splat, scalloped around the upper edge, is carved with an interlinking series of lunettes filled with a stylised flower design. In the centre is a pierced roundel with a small acorn finial. Between the top splat and the centre rail are a series of 6 turned balusters of a bobbin and reel design – often associated with the Yorkshire/Derbyshire borders.
The inset seat is formed from two oak boards, rebated into the rails which have a moulded bottom edge.
The legs, with elongated bobbin turnings, are joined by the similarly turned front stretcher, with plain side and rear stretchers.
Fine, rich colour and surface.
Yorkshire/Derbyshire borders, circa 1660-1680.
Height 42 inches, width 18.5 inches, depth 16.5 inches.
Victor Chinnery, “Oak Furniture, the British Tradition”, illustrates a very similar chair from the same workshop on page 479, figure 145.