A Small Walnut Armchair In The Style of Edward William Godwin


This is a small, open armchair in a design attributed to Edward William Godwin 1833-1886; with a curved, slatted back similar to his chairs manufactured by James Peddle circa 1880.

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A petite, walnut armchair in the style of E.W. Godwin by James Peddle.

Beautifully restored by our master craftspeople, the chair has been professionally re-upholstered in fabric from the house of Pierre Frey, Paris.

A slatted, serpentine back flows sinuously to the gently curved arms. This elegant chair would be a beautiful, stand-alone piece in a study or sitting room.

Looking to Japan for inspiration, E.W. Godwin’s minimalist style was a reaction to the heavily ornate furniture styles of the mid-19th century.

Largely undecorated, ebonised wood and sculptural lightness of form, all the influence of Japanese Arts and Crafts, are the key ‘signatures’ of Godwin’s pieces and echo the ideals of the Aesthetic Movement.

Godwin was not, however, limited to a singular style as he was also inspired by Gothic, Chinese, Greek, Egyptian and Jacobean furniture. Above all, his desire was to create modern, functional pieces that were also exceptionally elegant.

The house of Pierre Frey, which remains family-owned, was founded in 1935 and is still headquartered at the same building, near the Palais Royale.

Throughout the years, Pierre Frey has expanded to include Boussac, Le Manach, Fadini Borghi and Braquenie. In addition to exquisite fabrics, their range spans carpets, furniture and wallpaper.


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Dimensions 59 × 50 × 73 cm