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Not quite a pair

Thursday 4th May 2017 at 16:40

Once in a blue moon in the World of Antiques I come across something and think, "That looks familiar" and so it was a week ago when I bought a pretty Charles II Carved Walnut Armchair. There was something about it which struck a chord. I wanted to show my upholsterer exactly what sort of cushion i wanted for it and went through my stock archives to find a picture of a similar example. Imagine my surprise then when I came across the almost identical chair which I had about 15 years ago. Have a look at the two of them and I think you will agree they are remarkably similar. 

This model of chair with its profuse carving and barley twist columns would only have been made for the best of households back in the 1670s and it poses the question as to whether these could both be by the same chairmaker or from the same workshops at the very least. I may have to do some further research but what a delightful find.





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