A Victorian mahogany armchair, attributed to William Birch, with turned spindles, curved splat reeded back rail, shaped seat and spiral turn legs. Frank Giles & Co. Kensington retailers plaque to underside.
See lot 606, Bonhams Oxford 20 Jan 2021, for a matching pair
The family of William Birch & Company first appears in trade directories in 1853, but family tradition states that they began chair making during the 1840s in High Wycombe. The company was taken over by Gomme's in 1954.
A very similar chair illustrated Michael Harding-Hill, Windsor Chairs: An Illustrated Celebration (2003), pp. 148-151.