Sunday, 12 September 2010

Another chair

Following my posting about chairs recently I came across this one on display in the Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead.

A chair made from local oak by Johnson Blackett, a former shipwright from Tranmere. The tree came from Storeton Woods but the chair is not as old as it looks. it was made in 1887, following the Victorian fashion for making furniture that gave the owner a pedigree, heritage (and often respectability) that his family did not have.


  1. I love seeing the craftsmanship displayed in such a piece of furniture. Great capture. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Such beautiful carving. Obviously a very talented man.
    Canadian Chickadee

  3. Interesting that you could buy all that with a chair! :)

  4. Amazing piece of wok. He must have had a lot of spare time and talent

  5. It is frustrating to see wrong information about my family posted on the web !
    This is NOT the Storeton Oak chair carved by my Gt Grandfather, Johnson Blackett 1813-1918. (Although it stands in the same room at the Williamson Art Gallery).
    I have many photo's of Johnson Blackett (standing with the chair he carved ) These photo's and his life story can be accessed from my public '' family tree. (Search for Johnson Blackett 1823) I can also be messaged via this Ancestry site.

    Bill Cooper.....Parkgate...Wirral

  6. My apologies to Bill Cooper. When I took the photo the chair stood next to the notice which said it was Johnson Blackett's. It would be interesting to know the story of this chair! Next time I'm in the Gallery I shall see if the correct notice is posted with it.


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