H Blairman and Sons

Pair of chairs


After a design by H.W. Batley (1846-1932)


Walnut, with ebonised details; the upholstery of later date

88 x 42 x 42 cm

English, circa 1880


The present chairs are a variant of an influential chair, perhaps first seen on the Collinson & Lock stand at the Philadelphia Centennial, 1876.  The design subsequently influenced chairs manufactured in New York by Herter Bros.  The attribution to Batley is confirmed by the illustration of a 'New Pattern Chair (Designed by Mr. H. W. Batley)' reproduced in The House Decorator and School of Design, III (22 July 1881), p. 24.  

Many examples of the Collinson & Lock / Batley chair survive, including at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

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