Antique Glastonbury Chair Heavily Carved Gothic Circa 1890
Magnificent 19th century Victorian heavily carved Oak 'Glastonbury' chair circa 1890, the back rail with raised oak gothic tracery detail, the back panel carved with floral relief allover and arched pierced quatrofoil to the centre section, with elegant shaped downswept arm rests with pierced trefoil detail, with a panelled seat with further carved detail, all raised on a pair of ‘X' frame supports united by a stretcher, the whole fixed together with pegs.
The term 'Glastonbury Chair' is believed to have originated from a chair reputedly made for John Arthur Thorne, the last Treasurer of Glastonbury Abbey who was executed in 1539, the year the abbey was dissolved. A carved Latin inscription on the cresting rails of his chair reads: John Arthur, Monk of Glastonbury, may God save him, Praise be to God, Lord give Peace. The inscription suggests that the chair was most likely made in Thorne's memory, post 1539. The chair is now in the Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset. It was much copied in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Condition: Good antique condition with age related wear.
Width: 22” / 57cm
Depth: 17” / 44cm
Height: 35” / 88cm
Seat height: 16.5” / 42cm
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