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Colonial plantation chair in solid teak, India, 19th century

Colonial plantation chair in solid teak, India, 19th century

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The planter's chair is synonymous with the era and the colonial look. A bygone era, conjuring up images of gin and tonics on the veranda and a glamorous tropical lifestyle. His reputation for languid decadence eventually earned him the nickname "The Bombay Fornicator".

In the extreme heat of India, men were inclined to rest by resting their legs on a raised surface using footrests or tables for this purpose. In the mid-19th century, this need was more easily met by the invention of what became known as the planter's chair – a low chair with a sloping seat and arms that extended into a legrest.

The reclining low chair has a caned back and seat in one continuous section. The cane work allows air to circulate freely, resulting in a cooling effect - essential for life in the hot and humid tropical climate. Each arm is made up of a flat plank with a rounded end, joined by a flat-headed peg or sometimes an ornamental brass pin, to an almost identical plank that rotates outward, forming a platform on which to rest the arms. legs.

Initially, planter's chairs were used exclusively in male-dominated environments, including plantations and camps. But by the end of the 19th century they became firmly established as a staple in every British colonial home, primarily for use on the veranda. Today it is a classic - the epitome of elegant colonial design. Perfect for those looking for the elegant colonial interior look. 

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