These are THE classic Voysey chairs. Seen in nearly every house interior photograph Voysey had. We've been making these since 1995 & they are still a delight to see & use.
The top photo & the photo top LH show how these chairs colour with age over several years. The top LH photo shows them just after being made in almost Scandinavian pale wood, but they take on this lovely golden oak colour with time.
Voysey always specified they be left in natural Oak finish, so they could age naturally. But all wood ages over time, especially 100 years; so the originals are all dark wood now. You could of course stain, seal, lacquer or wax them, all impart a slightly different tone & darken the wood from the natural finish.
Photo above middle; as soon as I saw the photo of this chair a light went on in my head. This is a Quaker chair, English c. 1750. Did Voysey see this chair somewhere, especially with his religious background ? To me, he must have, there are too many design elements common with his own classic carver chair design. If so, this chair could be the source of all Voysey's chair designs! No designer lives in a vacuum, but is influenced by other works that have gone before.
Some photos below of chairs in Voysey & other houses. More will added here.