High Victorian chair

An ornately scrolled back to a chair.

Birch, upholstered seat, presented to St Saviour's Church, Falkner Square, Liverpool, by a member of the congregation, 1846

Birch, upholstered seat, presented to St Saviour's Church, Falkner Square, Liverpool, by a member of the congregation, 1846.

This chair, with its busily-scrolling back and highly-carved front legs, is in the Rococo Revival style. It is typical of many of the designs seen at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Later Victorian designers, including members of the Arts and Crafts movement and other design reformers, such as the highly innovative Christopher Dresser, fought against such elaborate decoration and produced much simpler designs.

In comparison, the other chair displayed in this section, designed by one of those Arts and Crafts artists, could not be simpler.

Given by the Reverend Canon ST Goddard, 1970.