19th Century British Plantation Chair - Teak Wood

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19th / 20th Century British Plantation Chair 
Width 28” | Height: 42” | Depth: 32”
Date of manufacture: Late 1800s to Early 1900s 
Condition: Vintage/Antique
Materials: Teak   |  Place of origin: Indonesia

Plantation arm chairs or Campeche chairs were manufactured in the Campeche region of the Yucatan Peninsula or Indonesia in the 18th, 19th and 20th century. They were highly favored in Latin America, the Caribbean, American South and even in the New England states. Thomas Jefferson had two “Campeachy” chairs at Monticello, and asked John Hemmings, one of his slaves, to make copies of them. James Madison owned a Mexican-made Campeche or plantation chair, which was described as “his favorite seat.”  It is easy to see why the style is favored even today.

A classic example of the Campeche or plantation chair, the British plantation chair has scrolled arms, an arched wood base, and lathe turned connecting braces. The seat and back are dense wickerwork, in an over and under pattern across reeds that run from the top of the back to the front of the seat. The result is elegance combined with exceptional comfort.