Lambert Hitchcock was an American furniture manufacturer, famous for designing and mass-producing the Hitchcock chair. By the late 1820’s, the Hitchcock Chair Company was producing over 15,000 chairs a year. During the second quarter of the 19th century, fancy chairs were all the rage for middle-class American parlours and dining rooms. These emblems of social mobility were often called Hitchcock chairs. Hitchcock chairs are distinctive for their decorative, gold or light-coloured painted designs, with seats made from rush, cane or wood, according to the “Dictionary of Furniture” by Charles Boyce (Henry Holt and Co.). The front legs often are turned and the rear legs extend vertically to the stiles.Hitchcock chairs were usually painted black, brownish-black or dark green. They have yellow ochre pin striping with gold half-rings on the front legs. Detailed stencils painted with metallic colours like red, gold, blue and white can be found on the back and sides of the chairs.
This is an old chair and Hitchcock style. I can’t see a name on the chair. The chair has seen some wear and tear but has not been ‘messed’ with. The detailing on the back has faded and to some extent disappeared. The rush seat appears to be original and is intact. There are several areas for restoration. There has been some restoration – please see pics. and there is a piece of the side of the seat also missing (approx 7 cms wedge shape).
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Product Code: 6170
Styling: It needs tightening up if it is to be used, but is fine to be placed in a bedroom, hallway etc for decorative purposes. It has a great worn decorative look.
Will make a great film or photographic prop.