Ash & Rush Arts & Crafts Chairs
England, Circa 1900
A set of six antique Arts and Crafts dining chairs designed and made in England circa 1900.
The carved and turned wood frames of the chairs are dark-stained solid ash and their seats woven natural rush. The patination on the chairs (which have always been together) is nothing less than exquisite. Thanks to over a century of gentle wear, in places the natural ash has re-emerged from the original dark-stained finish. Resultantly, parts of the wood such as the spindles in the backrest glow a honey colour similar to the hues in the natural rush.
The chairs relate not only in age but in style and construction to Morris & Co.’s ‘Sussex’ chair. No metal fittings secure the frames. Rather, each slender piece of wood is connected by a handmade joint -in most areas, a mortise and tenon joint.
Testament to the brilliance of this joint, favoured by woodworkers for thousands of years, the chairs remain strong and structurally sound. Some of the chair seats have been re-woven at different points, whilst others are original and do show age related wear.
Width: 45 cm
Height: 85 cm
Depth: 48 cm
Seat Height: 42 cm