‘Repose Mk III’ Rocking Chair
This rocking chair was specially designed for Masterpiece 2018 by James Ryan (b.1972) and made in the Edward Barnsley Workshop in Hampshire. It is the latest in a series of different rocking chairs designed by James Ryan since 2013. All the chair’s components are worked by hand. On this brand new version, there is a smooth finish where the sitter is likely to touch the piece, but in other areas a decorative finish is worked with a gouge.
The chair is made from Hampshire oak, carefully seasoned in on our drying sheds. The natural appearance of the oak has been subtly darkened by briefly placing the completed chair in a fuming tent. The covering of the upholstered seat is leather with contrasting stitching. The dimensions of the chair, in centimetres, are 65 wide, 109 deep and 108 high.
James Ryan says, ‘Over many years I have refined the design of our wooden chairs to arrive at a back-shape which for most people offers comfortable support. The double curvature of the back bar arrangement supports the sitter. Comfort is key with this rocking chair. It is designed for tranquil repose. The sculpted arms of the rocker are inviting to the touch. With its graceful curves and precision joinery the chair is made for relaxation.’
The Barnsley Workshop stamp, date, maker’s mark and edition number can be found on the inside edge of one of the rockers. Nathan Peach made the chair. It is the first in a limited edition of eight.