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LIP-WORK ARM CHAIR

Lip-work chair

19th century high back lip-work chair with hazel subframe to seat and arm supports. Straw work bound by bramble stems which are split and dried.

This chair originally possessed an embroidered cushion which was loop stitched into position.

Lip-work chairs were made from the middle ages onwards and due to the constraints of the material were probably identical in form to this one, however, due to the impermanence of the material most examples left today date from the 19th century.

'At Lampeter I noticed some curious chairs made of straw like a beehive, the sides and back were continued so as to form a dome-like canopy overhead, they were snug and warm but too inflammable materials for smoking seats'.
Charles Lucey of Clapham, Journal of an excursion to Wales and Ireland, August, 1848.

LIP WORK CHAIR 2

STRAW-WORK OR LIP WORK