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Wood and Wicker Turned Chairs with a Miniature by Charles Dudouyt, France 1940s

Documentation Documented elsewhere (similar item)
Origin France
Period 1920-1949
Materials Wood
W. 23.62 in; H. 30.91 in; D. 21.06 in;
W. 60 cm; H. 78.5 cm; D. 53.5 cm;
Seat H. 12.01 in;
Seat H. 30.5 cm;
Condition Good. In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. Small scratches and marks on the wood.
Creation Date 1940s
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description Turned chairs — sometimes called thrown chairs or spindle chairs — represent a style of Elizabethan or Jacobean turned furniture that had a vogue in late 16th and early 17th century England, New England and Holland. The technique was carried on to the 20th century and was widespread in Europe as well, where craftsmen created durable pieces for various interiors and purposes.

In turned furniture, the individual wooden spindles of the piece were made by shaping them with chisels and gouges while they were being spun, or turned between the center points of a lathe. The workers subcontracted to the joiners, or carpenters, who made such furniture, and were called "turners", or "bodgers", hence the surname Turner. These chairs were designed by French designer, Charles Dudouyt, who designed this miniature and pair of carved oak chairs as ‘fireside’ chairs, hence the low seats. He crafted wooden furniture in strong Art Deco forms, using playful geometries and construction methods more in keeping with the robust Arts and Crafts Movement. The design features large and wonderful decorative finials atop the backs- and also on the armrests in the case of the full-scale versions. The sphere-shaped finials aren’t the only ornamentations on the design; the shape of the splats on the back, the carved stretchers and spherical feet are all decorative features that make this trio visually arresting. In later turned chairs, rush seats were common, also in Europe, where wicker was a widespread and popular material. Here, the seats are made of durable woven twisted cord, with a light colour that beautifully contrasts to the dark wood of the structure. The legs are joined by box stretchers, enhancing the square-shape of the design. The partnership of the two natural materials is very effective as well; the wood and wicker pair flawlessly to showcase the skill of the maker.

The details of these turned chairs point to the involvement of a great cabinetmaker. The small-scale version may have been created as an apprentice piece, or show piece, or as a display sample. Nowadays, turned furniture are mostly made by automated machinery, therefore handcrafted pieces like this pair are increasingly rare and valuable. Similarly, small-scale furniture pieces have become sought-after works again in the 21st century.

In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. Small scratches and marks on the wood.

23.62 in W x 21.06 in D x 30.9 in H; Seat height 12 in
60 cm W x 53.5 cm D x 78.5 cm H; Seat height 30.5 cm

Small-scale chair
18.11 in W x 14.96 in D x 22.63 in H; Seat height 10.23 in
46 cm W x 38 cm D x 57.5 cm H; Seat height 26 cm

These chairs will be packed and shipped with the greatest care to make sure you will receive the works in gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.
Styles / Movements Collectible Design, Mid Century, Modern
Dealer Reference Number 20210696-1, 20210696-2
Incollect Reference Number 485236
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