Pair of armchairs

Ref: 1652
  • Designer/Maker

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

    Probably manufactured by F.C. Nielson

  • Detail

    Oak, with original rush seats

    102 x 61 x 45 cm

    English (London), designed 1902

  • Provenance

    H. Blairman & Sons, 1993; private collections

  • Literature

    John Brandon-Jones, et al., C.F.A. Voysey architect and designer 1857-1941, Brighton, 1978, C.17 (for another example)

  • Collection

    Private collection

  • Notes

    Voysey illustrated this design, and close variants, in photographs of numerous commissions, for instance at The Homestead (see Wendy Hitchmough, C.F.A. Voysey, London, 1995, p. 155, fig. 28).

    A version dating from 1906, with a leather seat is in the collection of the Art Gallery and Museum Brighton, and another, also with a leather seat is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  An example that belonged to Voysey himself is in the collection at Crab Tree Farm, while another from the same set as the present pair is in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Art.  Others have been noted in English private collections.

    A drawing of this chair design, from the collection of the RIBA, is dated 1908 (see right).