A Scottish George III laburnum armchair, third quarter 18th century
800 - 1,200 GBP
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the drop-in seat upholstered in floral needlework with 'ECOL / 1946' in manuscript to seat
Commonly used in the manufacture of bag-pipes, Scottish laburnum was one of the most prized timbers for cabinet and chair-making north of the border. So much so, in his Forest Trees (1775), William Boutcher notes that 'some preferred (it) even to mahogany for its solidity and beautiful colour ... and I myself have seen a large table and a dozen chairs of it, in the possession of a noble Lord.'