Rare Welsh chair Sold
This is a wonderful Welsh chair, which is solidly constructed from well figured oak and with a glorious colour and patina. The strikingly shaped & carved top rail is also carved with the initials “G&T” which are possibly those of a previous owner. The base cupboard is very unusual, although Welsh chairs are found fitted with drawers, a cupboard is very rare.
Glamorganshire circa 1640
23″ wide x 48½” high x 17″ deep // 58.4cm wide x 123.3cm high x 43.2cm deep
See “Welsh Furniture 1250-1950” by Richard Bebb for a similar arm chair but without the cupboard and now lacking a top rail. It is from Gelly a 16th century farmhouse in Glamorganshire and described as “Although its present appearance is somewhat plain, it would originally have been taller with a horizontal panel and perhaps a shaped top rail, and would have been an important piece reflecting the status of its owner within the home”
Also “Early British Chairs and Seats” by Tobais Jellinek published by the Antique Collectors Club