Woodmark Originals Tree of Life Blue Embroidered Wing Back Queen Ann Chairs - Mary Webb Wood
A lovely pair of crewel ...
moreWoodmark Originals Tree of Life Blue Embroidered Wing Back Queen Ann Chairs - Mary Webb Wood
A lovely pair of crewel embroidered wingback chairs in the Queen Anne style, decorated with the Tree of Life, in varying shades of blue against a natural linen background. The Tree starts on the chair's front border and winds itself up along the front and sides, displaying pomegranates, artichokes and oak leaves, to name a few. The backs and sides of the chairs are covered in a soft blue velvet-like upholstery fabric. These chairs are typically hard to find in this color, let alone a matching pair of them.
These chairs are very attractive and in very good vintage condition. Very comfortable to sit by the fire in! They were designed by Mary Webb Wood for Woodmark Originals, and each is signed with her initials - (see 3rd picture). Both the background fabric and embroidery were done in Kashmir. (See story following). They still retain their original arm covers and have no rips or tears and no dirty areas on them.
Condition is as follows: one cushion has two very light spots on top (picture - top right & lower left). These are so light you can barely see them, and they would probably come out with a little rubbing with a wet cloth. It also has one other spot on the bottom side (contact email@example.com for picture). The other cushion has no spots on top, and what is probably a water stain on the bottom. Also one pulled thread on the seat back . One chair foot has some roughness on the toe, otherwise the wooden legs are in relatively good shape, with light scuffing consistent with their age.
Dimensions: • 42" tall • 35" wide
From Mary Webb Wood's booklet, A Woodmark Original Crewel: "These crewels are being hand worked in the Vale of Kashmir, high in the Himalayan Mountains, by experienced Indian artists and craftsmen. The background cloth is handmade there, and will not be as perfect as machine made fabrics... no two pieces will be precisely alike. There will be, inevitably, some variations in colors as the dye pots are refreshed, and some small changes in the interpretation of the parts. The background tones may vary, since the embroidered cloth must be carried out into the river for its final washing." The Tree of Life, holding within its curving branches the varied patterns on this chair, is a warm and universal symbol of our bonds to Mother Earth.
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