There are a couple of unique aspects to the Glastonbury chair. One is the carving - including the name of the man* it was made for, and the year. It s
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, Sep 26, 2008
There are a couple of unique aspects to the
Glastonbury chair. One is the carving - including the name of the man*
it was made for, and the year. It's extremely rare to find a date on
medieval furniture, and AFAIK this is the sole specimen on which the
owner's name appears.
The other is the way the seat and back go together. In all other
examples of this style, the seat is narrower than the back, which
allows the arms to be parallel. The Glastonbury chair, as currently
configured, has the seat wider than the back, so the arms must cant at
an angle to the rest of the structure. This greatly (and
unnecessarily) complicates construction.
There are thousands of copies of this chair in England, especially in
the West and South. Beginning in the Gothic Revival era of the 19th
century, these came to be identified as a "church chair" and repros
were furnished to churches and cathedrals for all kinds of uses.
* A monk of Glastonbury, John Arthur Thorne. He was later hanged,
along with the Abbot.
Alex Haugland wrote:
I am unsure what you mean by the glastonbury chair being unique...
When I was last in the UK, we drove around quite a bit and saw several
chairs of this style in cathedrals and churches all around the UK... I
certainly can't speak for the provenance of those chairs and they may
have been 19th or even 20th century copies of the period design...
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