Aesthetic Movement Ebonised Button Back Armchair attributed to E.W. Godwin


An aesthetic movement button back armchair, in Japanese style design, attributed to E.W. Godwin, circa 1880. Fully restored and re-covered in four-ply, upholstery silk from Dedar and finished with Houlès, Paris braid.

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Fully-restored and reupholstered by our skilled craftspeople, this chair would be an elegant, standout piece for any home.

Attributed to E.W. Godwin, circa 1880, the exquisite Japanese-style design features a beautiful, quarter-circle, sunburst motif on its arms.  Below the seat there is a pierced apron that sits above finely-turned legs on original, brass castors.

The ebonised wood is dramatically complemented with a striking blue, four ply silk by Dedar of Milan and finished with an elegant braid (not yet shown in photographs) by Houlès, Paris.

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 prestigious Milanese design house of Dedar has been creating fabrics for homes since 1976. This family-owned company wholeheartedly celebrates the value of ‘Handmade in Italy’ with gusto.

Houlès designs and creates the finest of trimmings and fabrics. Still family-owned, the company was established in Paris, by father and son Félix and André Houlès, in 1928. The company, which began with one store at 18 rue Saint-Nicolas, is now established in over 160 countries.

Presidential residences and castles, such as le Château de Versailles, often select Houlès’ passements for their restoration projects.



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Dimensions 66 × 70 × 70 cm