1620s Wainscot Chair from Auckland Castle


18th Century & Earlier

United Kingdom

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A rare Jacobean period dark oak chair, made in the Wainscot style popular throughout the 17th Century. What makes this chair a really standout piece over other Wainscots is its provenance; see below. Circa 1620. Great overall condition, with a desirable aged patina.

The oral history of the chair (from the relatives of the named family on the plaque) is it hails from Auckland Castle. When the castle was demolished during the civil war era (1646), it was gifted to Escomb Saxon Church, Bishop Auckland. When Escomb's parishioners outgrew the small building, the church of St John's was built as their new place of worship, and the chair moved to that location around 1866.

Written Provenance:
The silver plaque attached to the front of the chair reads, "In memory of the family of Henry and Margaret Kilburn of West House, Bishop Auckland, who worshipped in this church the said Henry Kilburn being the first Vicar's warden after the church was erected". Henry Kilburn was at least a second-generation ironsmith working in Bishop Auckland. He and Margaret had eight children (his son, Henry, himself becoming an ironsmith). They lived at 1 West Road, Bishop Auckland in the late 1800s, and then moved to West House, Bishop Auckland (still standing), circa 1900.

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  • H: 112cm (44.09in)
  • W: 60cm (23.62in)
  • D: 54cm (21.26in)


18th Century & Earlier

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