Product Reference: LAP-ESC-Poster
One of the most delightful images Chris Schwarz has turned up in his research on historical chairs is a broadsheet printed by the Edwin Skull chair company in High Wycombe. The colour image features 141 of the chairs offered by the firm, including the Skulls Patent Plectaneum Chair, a famous folding chair.
The Skull firm traces its roots back to Charles Skull (17801851), who was a chair japanner in High Wycombe. Two of his sons, Edwin and Walter, started making chairs and because known for making high-quality goods. About 1865, the firm issued this broadsheet to show the wide range of chairs the company made and the awards it had received.
The firm survived into the 1930s but was acquired by rival Furniture Industries Ltd. in 1932. Furniture Industries is now called ercol and operates in the High Wycombe area. As a nod to its heritage, the chairmaking department at ercol is still referred to as Skulls.
The Skulls broadsheet has been published in a couple books by Ivan G. Sparkes, including The English Country Chair (Spurbooks), but the images were so small that it was difficult to study it in detail.
Where, Chris wondered, was the original? And could Lost Art Press obtain a copy of it?
Enter Lost Art Press researcher, Suzanne Ellison, who tracked down the original at the Wycombe Museum. After some negotiations, the museum agreed to produce a high-resolution image of the broadsheet that Lost Art Press could use for a limited-edition poster of 500 units (we have a handful of them here in the UK).
In exchange for this, Lost Art Press helped pay for the new digital image and will donate a portion of the proceeds of poster sales directly to the Wycombe Museum.
The Lost Art Press Edwin Skulls poster is printed in Cincinnati, USA on heavy, #120 uncoated stock. The poster measures 13 x 19.