A nice set of five early Victorian dark mahogany dining chairs, retailed by James Winter & Sons with balloon backs, upholstered serpentine seats and on reeded legs with castors, stamped beneath James Winter & Sons, 101 Wardour St, Soho, London and numbered 1353.
James Winter & Sons Biography
The business commenced at 101 Wardour Street in 1823, and, after 1840, moving to 151/153/155 Wardour Street. The ‘James Winter’ label describes themselves as ‘Brokers, Appraisers & Undertakers, Dealer in Second Hand Household Furniture’. A trade card, recently found, notes ‘A Liberal Price for Second Hand Furniture in Large or Small Quantities’. They offered the service ‘Rents Collected & Legally Recovered’. Much of the furniture stamped by the company is of the very highest quality. (c.f. Marked London Furniture 1700-1840’ by Christopher Gilbert, published by the Furniture History Society). The company closed in 1870.
The chairs are in good stable condition with no loose joints.
The red leather upholstery is worn but not torn.