Chair #81, Arts and Crafts Chairs, c.1895–1905, C.F.A. Voysey


Chair, c.1898

Oak and rush

This chair is one of a pair from a set of six designed by C.F.A. Voysey for W. Ward-Higgs Esq. (1866–1936) at 23 Queensborough Terrace, London.


Adam Bowett Catalogue 14/08/2012


An oak chair, The high back has a double baluster splat pierced with opposing hearts between the cross rails, the tapered posts rising above the top rail. The rush slip seat is within oak rails, slightly shaped at the front and raised on square legs tapering to octagonal feet, joined by plain stretchers.


H: 52 ¼ ” (133cm) Seat height: 17 ¾ ” (45cm) W: 16 ” (40cm) D: 21“ (53cm)


C.F.A. Voysey (1857-1941)


Oak, rush


The splat is tenoned top and bottom into the cross rails, which are in turn tenoned into the back posts. The seat rails are tenoned into all four legs and the rebate for the drop in seat is ploughed out of the solid on front and side rails but not the back. The stretchers are tenoned into the legs. The slip seat frame is of oak, tenoned all round and squared at the corners, with the front corners notched around the tops of the front legs.


Condition is sound, no breaks or damage, rush is replaced


Purchased H. Blairman and Sons, December 2006.