A grand wingback heirloom

This week we’ve had the privilege of working on a wonderful wingback chair, an heirloom that belongs to our customer.

Sian’s had her grandfather’s chair since 1975 when her father retired. It first came into her mother Kathleen’s possession in 1948 when Sian’s grandmother passed away.  Kathleen had the chair restored in the early 1960’s.

The chair originally sat pride of place in Sian’s grandfather’s rectory from 1903-1940, where he was rector of Eglwysilan in South Wales during this time. The chair may even have belonged to Rev. Rees’ parents.

About the Wingback chair

This large wingback chair made of solid oak dates from the early 1800s, and is one of the largest wingback chairs we’ve worked on. To bring this chair back to life we used completely traditional methods all hand-sewn and finished the bottom of the chair with hessian and tacks. No foam was used in this restoration.  Finally we upholstered the chair in a gorgeous grey tweed with hints of blue from the award winning Bute fabrics.

Take a look at the pictures to see the upholstery process.

 

Large wingback chair  - claw foot legs
Rev. David Lloyd Rees
Rev. David Lloyd Rees
Traditional upholstery on a large wingback chair -  new seat springs
Traditional upholstery on a large wingback chair
Traditional upholstery on a large wingback chair
Wingback frame - ready to rebuild
Large wingback restoration
Large wingback restoration
Large wingback restoration
Finished Bute wingback
Finishes piece in situ

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