Chair, Side

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Circa 1841-1859
A wooden loop Back Windsor style chair. The chair has been painted dark green and it has a loop back with seven spindles which pierce the loop and the contoured shield seat. The chair has four legs with H stretchers, joining the legs at two sides and one connecting to the supports across the centre. The legs have been turned. Dated around 1841 to 1859.
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Circa 1841-1859
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Many of Taranaki's first European settlers brought little in the way of furniture with them when they arrived here. However, several of them were competent carpenters and with a ready supply of timber were able to manufacture furniture for their new home. One such individual was William Sanders who arrived in New Plymouth in November 1841 on the Oriental. Sanders is known to have produced a number of chairs, six of which are in the Puke Ariki collection, of the 'Windsor-type' form. He utilized such native timbers as titoki, pukatea and rata vine. Many of the apparently lathe-turned parts appear, on closer examination, to have been shaped by spoke-shaving and are indicative of the skill he brought to the manufacture of these pieces of furniture.
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