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19th Century Scottish Northern Isles Orkney Vernacular Pine Panel-back Armchair (1 of 36)
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19th Century Scottish Northern Isles Orkney Vernacular Pine Panel-back Armchair

REF: 4005 - 130822 / LA411200
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For sale is a beautiful Scottish Northern Isles vernacular armchair. In the distinctive design shape of Orkney. The characteristics of this armchair with enclosed design and seat drawer from the second half of 19th Century. - This vernacular example has been converted a long-time ago to solid pine panel boards and retains the previous marks in the seat rail from where the straw-backed section would have been connected to the uprights (both forms to keep out drafts). In this solid form these chairs are seen infrequently but similar examples to this one are displayed in the Kirbuster museum on Orkney and must have been adapted when timber was more readily available either as driftwood or with the import of timbers from Scandinavia, mainland Scotland and the Baltic region in the 19th Century. - This rare panelled example also has a very distinctive set of three arm spindle supports beneath the gently curved arms and a large single draw beneath the seat with naively made handle to store personal belongings. - The chair is solid and unusually large for an Orkney chair across the shoulders as many are small for a modern height/frame. It has been adapted in its life, repaired, patched and nailed together in places and retains considerable charm throughout. It retains evidence of a yellow/ochre paint in places and wear, marks and evidence of use for an antique everyday chair such as this. Ready for decorative utility in a new kitchen or firehoose.


108 cm
68 cm
47 cm
Seat Height = 39cm


W&W Antiques has clarified that the 19th Century Scottish Northern Isles Orkney Vernacular Pine Panel-back Armchair (LA411200) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1875

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This 19th Century Scottish Northern Isles Orkney Vernacular Pine Panel-back Armchair is located in Crieff, United Kingdom