Side chair, E. W. Godwin (attributed), William Watt, UK, c. 1870s
Here is a chair that has been attributed to E. W. Godwin, the 19th century designer and architect. Other examples of this chair, of which there are only a few, have had labels on them asserting the maker’s name, William Watt, who is known to have produced some of Godwin’s designs.
The chair reveals the influence of Japanese design, and proves Godwin to be progressive in his taste – Japan having only ‘opened up’ to the West in the 1850s.
The chair is in a lovely condition, to be expected of its age. There is evidence of a repair to one of the rear legs, but it is still strong. The caning could do with changing, as there is a hole in the back, and has stretched in places. However it can function as a chair as it is, especially with a cushion or two.
Ebonised beech, caning
H 940 x W 500 x D 460 mm