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".
The quality of the carving is especially fine on the back of the chair, including the carved lobes, scroll brackets, the coat of arms and the scroll and leaf decoration surmounted by a round carved finial. Also a testament to the craftsman's skill is the fine carving to the front legs. The rounded shape of the seat is in harmony with the overall sense of decoration and design.