The proud tradition of carved oak furniture-making in 17th-century Lancashire reaches its height in the pair of panel-back armchairs made in 1689 for ‘EO’ and ‘MO’. The beautifully proportioned shape of the back, with its scrollwork of vine motifs, tells of an east Lancashire origin, probably the Burnley area.
Carved oak panel-back chair dated 1689, of a type associated with the Burnley area; deeply scrolled crest carved with serpent edging and vine motifs; scrollwork back panel and uprights, with scrolled serpent ear-pieces; lower back panel inscribed ‘EO 1689’; scrolled and down-curved arms on baluster turned arm-rests; board seat; seat rail carved with lunettes at the front, inlaid at the sides; front legs baluster turned. Made as a pair with 783879, possibly to commemorate a marriage.
Marks and inscriptions
On lower back panel: EO 1689