It formed part of Ralph Bankes very generous bequest to the National Trust - the largest they have ever been given. First hand accounts tell of King George VI, Montgomery, Eisenhower and Churchill watching the preparations for the D-Day landings from here, First a destroyer made a smoke screen along the Bournemouth coast to maintain secrecy and then all hell broke loose as operation, with planes, landing craft and live ammunition got underway. Our reporter says the blast blew out many of the windows of the house.Since then the house has had a more peaceful time and has been used in recent years as the setting for some Rosamunde Pilcher romantic dramas much loved by German television audiences. Restoration wise, all the upholstery has been replaced, my upholsterer has fitted plain fully aniline Italian cattle hide leather which I then had hand dyed this deep rich cigar brown colour by my leather polishers. These chairs are the finest example of their type anywhere in the world today. The frames have all been checked, glued and clamped as required, this suite is ready to go. And there you have it, what a history!
The chairs are oversized grand pieces, the front legs are ornately carved and terminate with Lion's hairy paw feet in the 17th century taste. The back rests are twin Horse Armorial coats of arms, there will be someone out there with the time to research the origins but today I'm afraid its not me. The upholstery is the period Rexene which has nicely aged and worn, it is stable and usable. Seat height:- 48.5cm.
Seat height:- 50.5cm. Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point, if you would like any additional or specific measurements please ask. Royal House Antiques is a privately owned family ran business founded in Wimbledon SW19 and now based in Pulborough RH20. We specialise in finding, restoring very fine luxury antique leather seating, along with every single other type of antique ranging from the 16. We also stock a number of designer brands such as Fritz Hansen, Ralph Lauren, Cavalli, Charles & Ray Eames, Vitra, David Linley, Rolex, Tiffany, Jager Le Coulter and so on.
Please view the very detailed pictures as they form part of the description pertaining to the condition. Royal House Antiques cannot be held liable for any independent assumptions made regarding the items we sell, if you are unsure on any point, please feel free to ask for clarity. Please note vintage period and original items such as leather seating will always have natural patina in the form of creasing and wear, we recommend annual waxing to ensure no moisture is lost, also hand dyed leather is not recommended to sit in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as it will dry out and fade. COURIER, LARGE ITEMS ONLY THAT CAN'T BE POSTED. Whomever delivers will always require help on the larger items to unload, the price you will be quoted will always be based on this assumption, if this is not possible, please let us know as it will affect the price to send a two-person team.This item is in the category "Antiques\Antique Furniture\Chairs". The seller is "royal-house-antiques" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.