Our seat furniture is based on analysis of surviving examples of medieval furniture and study of paintings and illuminations from the middle ages. These are not duplicates or copies of specific objects, but are stylistically consistent with documented examples.
12th Century Chair
Based on a chair from Tyldal, Norway, now in the Oslo University Museum. Modified to break down for transport. The version shown here has a sloped back, for better comfort; the original has a vertical back.
This chair has 34 mortise-and-tenon joints, and is quite laborious to construct. The knockdown joinery adds to the complexity. (This design would be a great basis for custom thrones; e-mail if you are interested!)
Chairs, late 15th-early 16th c.
True luxury! The design is based on two surviving late 16th century chairs from England; one in the Victoria & Albert Museum, and an almost identical version in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Similar chairs are seen in Italy and Flanders in the late 15th c. Examples can be seen atthis page.
These chairs are held together with small wedges, and completely disassemble for transport. Assembled, they are very sturdy and comfortable. You can even lean back and relax!
Available in Oak and Walnut. Can be customized with different shaping on the back, terminals, orarms .
Here are a pair of Oak chairs with the "Petrarch" style arms.
All chairs are available in two seat heights: approximately 16" for shorter legs, or 18" for those with long legs. The chair at left has the short legs and is generally more comfortable for anyone less than about 5'-10" tall.
NEW! Plans are available for you to make your own chairs in this design. Full-size patterns for each piece, plus detailed instructions.
Slab-ended stools (15th - 16th c.)
These are also made of Oak, with 1/2 inch thick quartersawn boards for the top and the aprons. The ends are solid 3/4 inch thick boards. Stools are typically 18 inches high, 18 inches long, and about 10 to 12 inches wide. Two styles are shown: a 15th century Flemish version (at left), and a 16th century English version (right). Each is available permanently fixed together, or as knockdown versions that come apart for transport. (The fixed version is more frequently seen in paintings, but there is evidence for knockdown models. See, for example, theMoreel Triptych by Memling (1480's) which is the source for the version shown above left.) The fixed models are more rigid, and are easier to carry around; the knockdown versions have slightly looser joints.
Two fixed versions, available with straight or slanted legs. The one on the left is based on 16th century English stools in the V&A; the one on the right is based partly on a 15th century Norman (?) stool formerly in the V&A. (Pierced & carved quatrefoils add to the price.)
The same designs can also be made as benches. This one is 42 inches long, comfortable for two people. This is a knockdown model (you can see the pegs on the ends of the aprons).
Carving can be added to any piece of furniture. Simple heraldic designs or monograms, as shownhere, or elaborate Gothic tracery! Contact us for pricing.