Pair of Lancashire Oak Armchairs Circa 1670
A fine and somewhat rare matched pair of Charles II carved Oak Armchairs from the Lancashire/Cheshire area.
The carving is typical of the North West area of England and similar motifs can be seen on furniture from Cumberland, Westmorland, Lancashire and Cheshire.
It has been suggested that the floral motifs are related to domestic needlework/embroidery designs of the period. While I can see that these designs may have had a fashionable influence, I believe most of the designs on this sort of vernacular furniture stems from the Monastic Insular art style of the 7th century.
There is a chair virtually identical to these two in Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum Burnley..
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