A good set of 8 Arts & Crafts Period oak antique dining chairs by W.J Neatby including two carver arm chairs. Each chair having a rounded top rail with typical Arts & Crafts period stylised carved motifs and three simple vertical splats. Having cushioned drop in seats with square tapering supports united by stretchers. Typical of the Arts and Crafts Period there chairs are of a relatively simple design but both functional and stable. English circa 1900-1910
The arts and crafts ceramic sculptor and artist W. J. Neatby is best known for his designs for the tiles in Harrods food hall. His work is fairly widespread, as decorative tilework and architectural sculpture in terra cotta for Doultons, with which company he had a long association. Neatby was a native of the town of Barnsley, and trained as an architect, but became a craft worker, as well as tiles and sculpture, carrying out designs in metalwork, enamelling, painted murals, stained glass and furniture. He died in High Wycombe at a relatively young age. In London, apart from his work for Harrods, just off Victoria Street at the Parliament Square end is Great Smith Street/Abbey Orchard Street, wherein is the remnants of Orchard House, with a terra cotta frieze of peacocks and apple trees by him.
Condition: This set of chairs are in excellent condition, cleaned and waxed. The drop in seats have been re-upholstered recently (not by us).
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