Lot No.1 – Unique, rosewood dining chair, ‘Roisin’
Though relatively recent in formation – circa 1980 – this hand-carved chair follows the traditions of a much earlier era. Its rich rosewood material – now scare in availability – and its carefully crafted design, all add to a tale from the creators.
Like a trademark tapestry, it’s been weaved elaborately from emotion – material to moniker. A formation bloomed from mind to bud; a flower born and blossomed. In fact its name, Roisin (Gaelic for little rose), upholds this uniqueness of detail – from the sculptor’s Dublin roots to the polished London finish, not to mention its intricately inlaid international imagery.
The long legs, elegant arms and sleek back are lean yet strong but, comfortable though it is, the pattern presents far too much character for usual purposes. This is a demanding, contradictory item – one that takes time to appreciate. A solid piece that stands proud, despite the chipped marks from time.
Succumb to this chair’s warm welcoming depths and you’ll find a friend for life. One that will try to inspire and encourage and uplift. Just don’t imagine you can ignore it once found. This is a seat with stories to tell and it won’t wait around for those not willing to be open.