A particularly striking set of eight Arts & Crafts golden oak dining chairs by Hampton & Sons, Circa 1900, with elegant tall backs, curvaceous vertical splats ending in hearts to each top corner. Mostly retaining their original damask drop-in seats, they can easily be recovered with a modern fabric. Elegantly splayed back legs, and subtly tapering front legs termiante in cubed feet.
Hampton & Sons were based on Pall Mall and Cockspur Street, London, between 1830 and 1957. The company were prolific cabinet-makers, retailers and antique dealers. They were highly successful, specialising in hotel and shipboard furniture. In 1952 they were given the privelege of furnishing and decorating the new royal yacht, Brittania and also provided many pieces for The Dorchester Hotel in London.
This is a stunning set, which would not look at all out of place in a traditional or contemporary interior. These chairs demonstrate the usability as well as aesthetic appeal of the Arts & Crafts movement.