Australian Historical Art Fund & Heritage Government Residences

Pair of Hall Chairs, c.1830

Cedar and paint
Width: 87cm Height: 39cm

This pair of Australian cedar Hall Chairs c.1830 are of exceptional quality of design and craftsmanship, with a rare painted and sculpted family coat of arms. Although Hall Chairs with a painted coat of arms are not uncommon in English 18th and 19th century furniture, they are extremely rare in Australian colonial furniture. Rendered with much refinement, this coat of arms applied to each chair back, is both painted and in sculptural relief. The coat of arms appears to be related to the Pole/Poole Family from the gilded motto Pollet Virtus (virtue excels) referred to in Fairbairn's, "Crests of Great Britain and Ireland".


Loo Table, c.1840

Oyster Bay pine, blackwood and cedar
Diameter: 121.5cm

The cedar top is veneered with Oyster Bay pine (callitris rhomboidea) in fourteen sections forming a star figure and cross banded with Oyster Bay pine. Oyster Bay pine comes from the east coast of Tasmania and was a wood described by contemporaries as being suitable for boats, cabinet work, furniture, picture frames and even agricultural equipment.


This selection represents a small sample of our collection. Our book detailing the collection is currently out of print.
An updated edition has been published in 2017.
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