With all the Windsor family hype as we approach the Royal Wedding, an interior designer can’t help but be reminded of another dignified Windsor with a rich pedigree – the timelessly handsome Windsor Chair!
The Windsor Chair is distinguished by its construction – legs and back-supporting rods are socketed into a plank seat. According to architecturals.net, the chair became popular in England during the early 18th century and was used both inside and outside, often painted. Folklore says King George III (1738 – 1820) was fox hunting near Windsor castle and sought refuge from a storm at a tenant’s cottage. The tenant offered the king a simple chair built with socketed sticks to rest in, and he liked it enough to have his carpenters reproduce the chairs for Windsor Castle. Hence, they became fashionable. Also in the 18th Century, Colonists brought these chairs to America, where they became an important part of American furniture history as well.
Here are some Windsor chairs available at Chestnut Hall and a few beautiful interiors featuring Windsor chairs (courtesy of Apartment Therapy). We also have a large selection of painted Windsors in stock!