Windsor chair Details
Nigel made this one as a copy of an early eighteenth century Windsor chair which was in the workshop for conservation.
Windsor chair production developed in the High Wycombe area in the early eighteenth century and the early chairs used many of the features that were fashionable at the time in formal furniture. The Queen Anne style of Dutch cabriole leg with the characteristic pad foot has parallels in both Dutch and English furniture of that period. The style persisted after Queen Anne died in 1714 and gradually evolved into early Georgian.
The arm bow which is cut from two pieces of solid Ash, is relatively wide for a Windsor, hence the name for this type of chair is “broad-arm”.
The seat is a single piece of Elm which David Fox at Irish Timber Products at Athboy found, and the rest is oak.
The legs are mortised into the seat board and fixed with oak wedges; the tapered spindles in the back spindles pass through the arm-bow.
With the grain running across the seat, this is a large chair; wide but not too deep from front to back; in later Windsor chairs, the grain usually runs from front to back, giving the seat a squarer shape.
Height; 112 cms
Width (across arms); 70 cms
Seat height; 45 cms