Unusual Irish Carved Oak Armchair

the splat with a portrait of the famously granite-faced Sir Edward Carson, shown in profile holding spectacles and with a shamrock in his lapel, the arm terminals in the form of hands, with vitruvian scroll seat-rail and tapering legs.

Height 98 cm (38.5 inches)
Width 63 cm (24.75 inches)
Depth 51 cm (20 inches)
Seat Height 43 cm (17 inches)
circa 1912

Edward Henry Carson, Baron Carson (1854-1935), was an Irish Unionist politician, barrister and judge and leader of the Ulster Unionist Council in Belfast. He was retained by the Marquess of Queensberry to defend him in the libel case  brought by Oscar Wilde.  His masterful cross-examination of Wilde was generally acknowledged to have caused Wilde to lose the case, go to prison, and write The Ballad of Reading Gaol. After the case, Carson tried to intercede, unsuccessfully, on Wilde’s behalf, to mitigate the punishment to be meted out to him.

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