A set of three 'Mendlesham' style armchairs.
The exact origin of the 'Mendlesham' style of chair is unknown but most evidence points to the design first appearing in the mid 1800's. Likely developed in the mid-suffolk village of Mendlesham by the Day family of furniture makers who were active around this time. One or possibly two of the Day sons were reputed to have trained in cabinet and furniture making in London under the world reknowned Tomas Sheraton. After they returned from their training they likely began producing the first Mendlesham chairs.
The back of the chairs feature three turned balls sitting below the top rail, typical of the Mendlesham style. The pierced central back splat is flanked by turned spindles and shaped rails curved to match the central splat. With a pair of turned balls sitting between the splat and curved bottom rail. The seats are carved into a saddle and support the shaped arm rests. The arms are joined to the seat with a dovetail joint, more typical of cabinetry than traditional chair joinery, likely an influence of the Sheraton training. The chairs stand on finely turned legs with H-shaped stretchers.
Joinery is solid and shows little to no movement. There will be the odd marks and sign of age as would be expected of vintage furniture.
Width 50cm - Height 87cm - Depth 47cm