18th Century British Colonial Planters Chair for Lady from Jamaica, West Indies




An extremely rare 18th Century British Colonial Planters Chair designed for a Lady from the Island of Jamaica in the West Indies. This style of Chair was first made in the City of Campeche in the Yucatan Province of Mexico in the 16th Century during the Spanish Colonial era and they were originally known as Campeche Chairs. They became very popular with the Spanish Creole Aristocracy in Mexico and were often found amongst the Mexican Colonial antique furniture on the old Haciendas, where they were also known as Butaca Chairs. In the 18th Century Spanish Colonists introduced the Campeche Chair, also known as the Butaca Chair, to Louisiana where they became extremely popular amongst the French Creole Aristocracy who called them Boutac Chairs and introduced them into their Plantation Houses on the Bayous and along the Mississippi River. The Leather-Seated Chairs, made from Ox-Hide or Mule-Hide stretched on a Mahogany wood frame, were found ideal for lounging in a Tropical Climate and unlike upholstered furniture they were free from insects. These Campeche Chairs in Louisiana were discovered by the Americans during the Late 18th Century and President Thomas Jefferson even ordered a pair for his Plantation at Monticello in Virginia. This style of Spanish Chair was also introduced to Jamaica from Mexico during the 18th Century, probably via Cuba, and until very recently they were known in Jamaica as Spanish Chairs. It was only during the 1970s that people first began calling them Planters Chairs, because they had always been popular with British Planters on the Plantations in Jamaica. Once only found in the old Plantation Great Houses in Jamaica, today they are extremely rare and very sought after by both Dealers and Collectors. This particular Planters Chair is very unique in that it is smaller than usual and was probably made for a Lady. One can imagine a British Planter’s wife lounging in it, fanning herself and drinking Coffee attended by her household Slaves. This Planter’s Chair has an excellent Provenance and once belonged to the wealthy Moulton-Barrett family who owned vast Sugar Plantations in Jamaica and were ancestors of the famous Victorian Poetess Elizabeth Barrett Browning. This is a unique opportunity to purchase a unusual example of a very rare and valuable 18th Century West Indian Planter’s Chairs made for a Lady.

Additional information

Dimensions 31 x 28 x 42 in