Chair #75, Arts and Crafts Chairs, c.1885–1930, The Vernacular Tradition

M.H.Baillie Scott

Chair, c.1901

Ash and rush

This chair was designed by M.H. Baillie Scott and made by J.P. White at the Pyghtle Works, Bedford. It is one of a pair and both chairs are branded ‘1901’ above the conjoined marks ‘BS’ and ‘JPW’.


Adam Bowett Catalogue 14/08/2012


A pair of chairs, c.1900. The tall, vertical, narrow back has no rake. The five slightly bowed horizontal slats are set between tapered square posts. The rush seats are raised on square legs joined by a broad flat stretcher to the front and back and paired narrow stretchers to the side.


H: 42 ¼ ” (107cm) Seat height: 17 ½ ” (44cm) W: 15 ¾ ” (40cm) D: 15 “ (38cm)


Ash and rush


The back slats are tenoned into the rear posts. The seat rails are presumably tenoned into all four legs and the stretchers are also tenoned into the legs. None of the joints are pegged.

Marks or stamps

52.1 The inside of the right back foot bears the branded mark of the Pightle Works, Bedford.

52.2 The inside of the right back foot is faintly impressed with the branded mark of the Pightle Works, Bedford


Both chairs sound, no breaks, rush seat replaced.


Purchased from Paul Reeves, January 2001