William and Mary, 1689-1702.
This period was named after the marriage of the English Mary Stuart, the daughter of James II to the Dutch William of Orange.
The Dutch loved their home and enjoyed real comfort for the time. When William and Mary assumed the throne they imported their comfortable furniture and brought craftsmen to England from Holland.
Queen Mary had interests in furniture and the English people were always influenced by their queen. This more comfortable style was well suited to ordinary person and thus William and Mary furniture caught on quickly following the Jacobean era of dark heavy looking furniture.
The furniture in the William & Mary reign saw the first beginnings of comfortable seating. Upholstery became quite common. The chair backs were shaped to fit the shape of your back and the back legs were splayed out at the bottom to prevent the chair from tipping. We have just recently been visited by an English antiques expert from London who has authenticated this William and Mary chair, as had the expert in France where we purchased it. The chair frame was made structurally sound in our carpentry department and the upholstery was done the old fashion way, with horsehair padding and a down filled seat cushion. Fabric is a wool and cashmere mix. You will note that although the legs and stretchers have been rebuilt as necessary, we left the finish as is and should you desire we will bring it up to any standard without charge. **Seat height is 22"