Rare three-legged turned chair. English. Circa 1610-1650. The three-legged version is the earliest form of turned chair, sometimes referred to as a "Turner's chair." All of the parts are turned on a lathe, except for the seat which is let into the supporting seat rails. These chairs first appeared in England and the Continent in the 16th century and continued to be in fashion until about 1660. They are characterized by three large, boldly turned legs joined by bobbins of various turned designs. Most were made from ash or fruitwood, with elm or oak seats. Early inventories also referred to these as Buffet or Boffet chairs. CONDITION: One rear stretcher and its two adjoining vertical bobbins are replacements. There have also been repairs at the ends of the top back rail, which probably had an additional headrest superstructure that is now missing. Otherwise this very scarce chair is in excellent sructural condition with a warm, mellow patina. Probably of fruitwood with an oak seat. Size: 35.5" high x 25 wide x 21" deep.