Set of 6 Aesthetic Movement Oak Dining Chairs by Bruce Talbert for Gillows

A lovely and increasingly rare set of Six Oak Dining/Side Chairs by the renowned Scottish maker Bruce James Talbert for Gillows Circa 1880.

Each with turned ebonised spindle backs and framed attractive Aesthetic style uprights and cross rail. The seats upholstered in what looks like leather with stud detail. Due to his fairly short life, his work is increasingly rare so they are a sound and practical investment.

Dimensions: 44cm wide x 82cm high x 45cm deep. Seat height 47cm

Biography of Bruce J. Talbert:

Talbert studied at the High School of Dundee, then under a Dundee wood carver named Millar. In Glasgow, he was apprenticed to architect Charles Edward (ca. 1855-57), worked as an assistant to architect William Nairne Tait (1857–60), and as a draftsman for architect Campbell Douglas (1860–62). He moved to Manchester in 1862 to design furniture for Doveston, Bird & Hull; but later that year was hired by Francis Skidmore at Art Manufactures in Coventry. At Art Manufactures he did drafting work on Sir George Gilbert Scott‘s Hereford Screen (1862), and on Scott’s Albert Memorial(designed 1863, completed 1872).

He moved to London in 1866 to design furniture for Holland & Sons. The following year his Reformed Gothic furniture won a silver medal at the 1867 Paris Exhibition. In 1868 he became a designer for Gillows of Lancaster and London. He also designed metalwork, tiles, stained glass, textiles, and wallpaper.

Talbert’s first book, Gothic Forms Applied to Furniture, Metal Work and Decoration for Domestic Purposes, proved to be influential on the commercial production of furniture. He recommended framed construction, decorative inlay, low-relief carving, and the use of large, flat metal hinges. His work with Gillows was displayed at numerous international exhibitions, including the International Exhibition of 1873, and his designs in the Medieval and Jacobean styles were imitated by many cabinet making firms. His designs tended to be highly detailed, including bold geometric inlaid patterns, intricately carved squares of boxwood and rows of small turned spindles. Some pieces included a carved verse with a moral message.

Talbert sadly died at age 43 of alcoholism.

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Dimensions: 44cm wide x 82cm high x 45cm deep. Seat height 47cm

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