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Another photograph of one of the set of eight English oak chairs made to compliment the withdrawing table shown elsewhere on our website. The low-set stretchers are characteristic of surviving backstools of the early to mid 17th century. Later examples see the front stretchers raised to a midway position. The proportions and style of this chair are typical of the period, having a square seat, plain back legs and relatively low overall height. Originally, backstools would either be left completely un-upholstered, or the joiner would hand over the bare frame to the upholder who would cover both the seat and back (never just one) with stuffed leather or fabric; most commonly turkeywork. 

This farthingale style oak dining chair is now featured on our sister site Early Oak Reproductions with size, colour, finish and price options.


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