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© Geffrye Museum, London: Photograph by Morley von Sternberg

Ladder-back armchair with five graduated ladders in the back made of ash with a rush seat. Attributed to Philip Clissett, a chairmaker active in Bosbury, Herefordshire between 1841 and 1881.
Object type: armchair
Object number: 517/2005

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Detailed Description: +/-

Physical Description:
Ladder-back armchair with five graduated ladders in the back made of ash with a rush seat.

Data recorded by Dr Bernard Cotton prior to 2004:
Ladder back arm chair with rush seat
ladder shape regionally specific; front leg turning regionally specific; chair unstained
Chair back: ladder back arm chair; turned back posts bent at seat level, with nipple finials; 5 graduated ladders shaped & flattened above, straight below; ladder shape regionally specific
Front legs: straight turned legs tapered at feet; front leg turning regionally specific
Back legs: straight turned front legs tapered at feet
Feet: continuous with leg & tapered
Stretcher detail: box form, type AA; double plain turned side stretchers
Front stretcher: double plain turned stretchers
Back stretcher: double plain turned stretchers
Arm: flat, shaped, sawn & curved arms
Underarm supports: decoratively turned underarm support continuous with leg
Seat: rush seat with wooden edge strips missing
Materials & technique: Turned and carved ash frame with rush seat
Dimensions: Height 114.5cm
Width 60cm
Depth 59cm

History: +/-

Date: 1841-1881
Period: Victorian (1837-1901)
Edwardian (1901-1910)
Artist/Maker Names: Clissett, Philip (maker)
Associated Names Dr Bernard Cotton
Place: Bosbury, Herefordshire, England (made)
Display Labels:
Label text for the exhibition The English Regional Chair, Geffrye Museum (15 February 2005–7 June 2005):
Armchair, five graduated ladders in the back
Ash with rush seat, attributed to Philip Clissett, fl. 1840-1913, Bosbury, Herefordshire
Philip Clissett's father and brother were chairmakers, Philip, born in 1817, established his own workshop in Bosbury, near Evesham, between 1841-3 and was still making chairs aged 90. This chair is similar to that shown in the photograph of Clissett and his grandchild (see right). Towards the end of his life, Clissett was 'discovered' by members of the Arts and Crafts Movement, who were inspired both by his skills and his traditional methods of working with locally grown ash.
Accompanying photograph of: Philip Clisset seated in one of his chairs with his grandchild, c.1900 Courtesy of Dr B.D.Cotton.
Bernard D. Cotton, The English Regional Chair (Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club, 2001)

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