CFA Voysey; Oak tall back chairs


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After the chairs with the heart cut-out back splats these are the most recognised chairs designed by Voysey. All of these chairs share the same base design, Voysey just did some variations on a theme. Voysey actually used the chair on the LH & middle above together in his dining room at The Orchard. We can produce any of these chairs if required.

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The tall lathe back chair, above LH, is clearly an extension of the classic carver chair. I tried to photograph the carver chair from the same angle, middle photo, as the original photo so you can see this. Voysey just heightened the back above the arms. The other sizes & proportions are the same.

I am always impressed how Voysey could re-use his design vocabulary for umpteen uses. The lathe back slats recall his stair spindles! These slats would have been mundane if tenoned in, but dovetailing them really lifts the whole design. The dovetail feature was a nod to Pugin's tenet of 'Revealed construction'.

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Essex & co. chair
The Essex & Co. chair is basically the same model as the lathe back chair above, but with a padded back instead of slats. My point above about all these chairs sharing the same original design can be seen clearly in these photos. Shown side on you can see both chairs are the same up to armrest height. Voysey again just heightened the back above the arm rests. My photos & measurements for this chair kindly came from John Brandon-Jones.

This chair instead of having the usual drop in rush seats had a leather seat & back. These chairs were for an office enviroment & had to stand up to a lot more wear & tear over a long period of time, so the upholstery needed to be tougher.

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This dining chair was used in Voysey's dining room at The Orchard. Nowadays it is more recognised from Cheltenham Arts & Crafts Museum collection. Again, the same base design as all his dining chairs, just he heightened the back. I can see that Voysey was playing around with a different way to incoporate the heart cut-out into his back design, but I don't think this chair is as sucessful as his others.

nb;
when lifting the Voysey carver chairs DO NOT lift them by the arms. Time has proven they are weakest here, and can break (this is based not on ours, but originals). Lift them by the seat rails.

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