classic Australian chair was made for the dining rooms of
our prosperous pioneers, and similar treasured originals can
be seen in National Trust Homes.
This chair was designed and made in 1859 by James Whitesides,
who won five gold medals for his designing and handcrafting
of solid cedar at International Exhibitions.
In 1868 he was appointed cabinetmaker to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
An original chair is illustrated in Australian Colonial Furniture,
plate 8, by Dr John Buttsworth who comments: The Whitesides
Chair is of classic design with a refined back support-rail
harmonising with the simply shaped splat.
Living's Whitesides chairs are handcrafted to feature the same
beautifully hand turned front legs and elegantly shaped and
tapered upper back leg supports.
All the leg joints are strong and of durable mortise and tenons
construction. The critical back leg joint is further strengthened
by the addition of screwed and glued corner blocks. Due to our
traditional strong construction, Colonial Living has never had
a chair joint fail.
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