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High chair
  • High chair
    Clissett, Philip, born 1817 - died 1913
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High chair

  • Place of origin:

    Bosbury (manufactured)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890-1913 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Clissett, Philip, born 1817 - died 1913 (manufacturer)
    Clissett, Philip, born 1817 - died 1913 (designer)
    Maclaren, James, born 1853 - died 1890 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Turned or planed ash and oak, morticed and varnished with rush weaved seat.

  • Museum number:

    B.226-2010

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This child's high chair was designed and manufactured by Philip Clissett, a chair maker based in the village of Bosbury, Herefordshire in the early 1900s. It was based on designs developed by the Clissett family, as well as the Evesham-based chair makers the Kelly family. It was designed during the Arts and Craft movement, an international design philosophy instigated by the artist and writer William Morris (1834-1896) and inspired by writer John Ruskin (1819-1900). This was an advocacy of traditional craftsmanship using folk styles, essentially anti-industrial in nature.

As a piece of furniture, the high chair is designed so that the seat is raised a distance from the ground, so that an adult may feed the seated child from a standing position, or so that the child can reach the table top.

Physical description

Low ladder back child's high arm chair. Ash, with curved back uprights joined by three graduated ladders, shaped and flattened at the top, and straight below. Turned front legs joined by two parallel stretchers, and oak footrest. Two side stretchers and curved arms.

Place of Origin

Bosbury (manufactured)

Date

ca. 1890-1913 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Clissett, Philip, born 1817 - died 1913 (manufacturer)
Clissett, Philip, born 1817 - died 1913 (designer)
Maclaren, James, born 1853 - died 1890 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Turned or planed ash and oak, morticed and varnished with rush weaved seat.

Dimensions

Height: 83.5 cm, Width: 40 cm, Depth: 40 cm

Descriptive line

Child's high chair, ash rush seated, manufactured by Philip Clissett, Bosbury, ca. 1890-1913.

Materials

Ash (wood); English oak; Rush; Varnish

Techniques

Turning; Planing; Varnishing

Categories

Children & Childhood; Furniture

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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