Six years ago, Ingrid Nilson of The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited held her first ‘Luxury Antiques Weekend’ in Northumberland, at Linden Hall Hotel Golf & Country Club near Morpeth.
Although other 'LAW' venues have come and
gone, Linden remains and the fair returns for a seventh time from
March 7-9 with some 30 exhibitors as usual.
Among them is local dealer Graham
Smith Antiques from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, who has exhibited at
Linden every year since its genesis.
This time he will take this ladies' Orkney
chair, made in the late 19th or early 20th century from black oat
straw and bent grass, bound together with cord made from twisted
bent grass, within an oak frame.
Those Orkney crofts were draughty places and
local people started to make their own chairs out of humble
materials such as straw and grass, originating as low stools
covered with straw before developing into low chairs, and
eventually the more sophisticated high-backed version to
effectively keep the draft out, such as that seen here which stands
2ft 8in (82cm) high.
Like many such chairs, this example is
unsigned but Graham thinks it could be a D.M. Kirkness chair which
were made at the end of the 19th century, as similar examples can
be seen in Bernard D Cotton's book on Scottish Vernacular
Furniture, and it is priced at £875.
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