The Windsor chair is recognised as one of the classics of
English country furniture. They were often made by village
craftsmen to traditional designs in native woods like elm, ash,
beech and yew.
The form emerged in the early 18th century, though
the origin of the name is obscure. Chairs of this type were
manufactured in large numbers in the Thames Valley in
Buckinghamshire, and Windsor may have been a centre for
In practice Windsor refers not to the place of origin but to a
design principle where the legs and the back are both socketed into
a solid seat and this form of construction proved so practical and
popular that it was widely adopted not only by country craftsmen,
but for mass production in factories for schools and other
institutions. More sophisticated examples were also produced by
fashionable makers for wealthy clients.
Windsor chairs were made in a wide range of styles and there are
distinct regional variations from all over Britain and the USA
where the form was equally popular.
Windsor chairs are still being made in the traditional way
From the ATG Archive
17 April 2010
John Parry’s collection of early English furniture and works of art had not been long in the making.
30 October 2009
AFTER nearly 50 years as a dealer, Tobias Jellinek makes no apology for having written what he describes as “a practical book” about early English chairs, stools and other seating rather than a furniture history book.
05 June 2003
Every dealer has one – a painful story to relate about some rare and valuable object they let pass fleetingly through their hands at a knock-down price only to learn later of its true significance and value.
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27 March 2013
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16 May 2012
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28 January 2013
In 1881, at around the time of his 18th birthday, the orphan and Eton College schoolboy John Edmund Hugh Balfour went on a major spending spree.
30 April 2012
THERE can be few more instantly recognisable forms in English furniture than the Windsor chair. Since the early 1970s, Michael Harding-Hill has been well known as an authority on the subject, publishing ‘Windsor Chairs, An Illustrated Celebration’, a book which pictures many examples that passed through his hands over many decades as a dealer.
21 December 2012
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17 September 2011
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