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Near Pair of Scottish Darvel Chairs

  • H: 108 cm (42 1/2")
  • W: 57.5 cm (22 5/8")

Fantastic near pair of Scottish Darvel chairs, circa 1850. 

Darvel chairs are the Scottish cousin of the English Windsor chair.

The town of Darvel was a hub for country chair making during the 19th Century. This country tradition probably produced several hundred chairs, but it is thought only 100 or so survive today. 

These robust and comfortable chairs feature comb backs and extensive turned details. More specifically, they are recognised for their curved-comb top rails, flared legs and 'ears' to the seats.

Only around 100 of these beautiful chairs remain worldwide, with most passed down as heirlooms. 

The different preferences of Darvel chair makers, such as John McMath and Hugh Shields, are well-documented.

Although these two are unsigned, they are attributed to John McMath because of their characteristics: one with 9 spars to its back and one with 10, identifiable scarph joints to the arm bows and grooves to the seats 1.5" from the edge. 

Darvel chairs were often made to order, so subtle differences in design are common.

This pair demonstrate the very detailed styling associated with McMath, including the additional turnings to the front arm pillars and leg stretchers. 

A truly stunning vernacular pair and a rare opportunity. 

Individual measurements: 9 spar - H: 108cm, W: 57.5cm, SH: 40.5cm, D: 71.5. Slab thickness: 5cm. 10 spar - H: 106cm, W: 58, SH: 44cm, D: 72. Slab thickness: 5cm. 

£6,995.00
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Fantastic near pair of Scottish Darvel chairs, circa 1850. 

Darvel chairs are the Scottish cousin of the English Windsor chair.

The town of Darvel was a hub for country chair making during the 19th Century. This country tradition probably produced several hundred chairs, but it is thought only 100 or so survive today. 

These robust and comfortable chairs feature comb backs and extensive turned details. More specifically, they are recognised for their curved-comb top rails, flared legs and 'ears' to the seats.

Only around 100 of these beautiful chairs remain worldwide, with most passed down as heirlooms. 

The different preferences of Darvel chair makers, such as John McMath and Hugh Shields, are well-documented.

Although these two are unsigned, they are attributed to John McMath because of their characteristics: one with 9 spars to its back and one with 10, identifiable scarph joints to the arm bows and grooves to the seats 1.5" from the edge. 

Darvel chairs were often made to order, so subtle differences in design are common.

This pair demonstrate the very detailed styling associated with McMath, including the additional turnings to the front arm pillars and leg stretchers. 

A truly stunning vernacular pair and a rare opportunity. 

Individual measurements: 9 spar - H: 108cm, W: 57.5cm, SH: 40.5cm, D: 71.5. Slab thickness: 5cm. 10 spar - H: 106cm, W: 58, SH: 44cm, D: 72. Slab thickness: 5cm. 

  • Condition: Excellent
  • Country: Scotland
  • Materials & Techniques: Wood
  • Style: Vernacular
  • Period: 19th Cent

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