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Elizabethan Chairs

These examples of english renaissance Elizabethan furniture were mainly to be found in the homes of wealthy people of the era.

Elizabethan Joined Chairs

Elizabethan Joined Chair
Elizabethan Joined Chair

Picture of elaborately carved late 16th century English joined chair. Such chairs, made of oak, are descendants of the tudor era Wainscot chairs only now without the boxed storage area beneath the seat.

The front arm supports are baluster turned and protrude through the seat base to meet sloping arms. Very low stretchers exist as foot supports.

Elizabethan X - Chair

Elizabethan X-Chair
Elizabethan X-Chair

Actually originating in the tudor period x-frame folding chairs become commonly seen in the Elizabethan age in the houses of the rich, especially among royalty. It uses textile coverings, often velvet, with the seat being a cradle of webbing which takes a squab cushion.

X frame chairs usually came with a matching footstool.

Glastonbury Chairs

Glastonbury Chairs
Glastonbury Chairs

Taking its name from the Abbot of Glastonbury, who died in 1539, glastonbury chairs have remained relatively popular chairs in England through history with many reproductions being made in the nineteenth century. This old antique example has obviously elbowed arms and a folding framework.

Turned Chairs

Turned Chair
Turned Chair, c.1580

An Elizabethan era three legged turned chair. Turning was accomplished on a pole lathe driven by pulling on a length of cord attached to a pole. The post was attached to a spindle, which was turned by the cord. It was shaped and patterned by a gouge, or cutting tool, held against the post as it turned.









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