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Heals Library Chair

Antique Arts & Crafts Oak Reclining Chair, Early 20th Century
By Heal's
Located in Uppsala, SE
Deep seated Arts & Crafts recliner in oak, possibly English and possibly retailed by Heal's of
Category

Early 20th Century British Arts and Crafts Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Set of Twelve Heals Dining Chairs
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
chairs are by Heal & Son for the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Heal & Son also known as Heal's is a British
Category

20th Century English Arts and Crafts Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Oak

  • Set of Twelve Heals Dining Chairs
  • Set of Twelve Heals Dining Chairs
  • Set of Twelve Heals Dining Chairs
  • Set of Twelve Heals Dining Chairs
H 35.83 in W 17.33 in D 14.97 in
Modern Day “Zeno” Hand Made Library Chair
Located in Petworth, GB
Modern Day “Zeno” craftsman Library chair.English quarter sawn oak, brass and leather With raised
Category

2010s English Art Deco Side Chairs

Materials

Oak

  • Modern Day “Zeno” Hand Made Library Chair
  • Modern Day “Zeno” Hand Made Library Chair
  • Modern Day “Zeno” Hand Made Library Chair
  • Modern Day “Zeno” Hand Made Library Chair
H 31.89 in W 31.89 in D 29.14 in
Modern Day ‘Zeno’ Hand Made Library Chair in Natural Quarter Sawn Oak
Located in Petworth, GB
Modern Day craftsman made Library chair ‘ZENO’ English quarter sawn natural oak, brass and ash With
Category

21st Century and Contemporary English Art Deco Armchairs

Materials

Oak

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