This is a set of Saville dining chairs in sought-after light wood. Perfect for any dining room, the Saville dining chair is large and comfortably proportioned, just made for long luxurious dinners with friends and good food and wine. Extremely comfortable, they are a super example of Ercol’s timeless style.
In 1889, Italian-born Lucian Ercolani (1888-1976) immigrated with his parents to England, settling in East London. His father—who constructed picture frames for the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and took up work as a carpenter for the Salvation Army in London—urged Ercolani to follow in his footsteps. Ercolani studied drawing and design at the Shoreditch Technical Institute, before sitting the City & Guild exams in the theory and construction of furniture. In 1907, he made his first piece of furniture, a musical cabinet. At school he met Ted Gomme, the man who would later co-found G-Plan, and with whom he developed a lifelong friendship which outlived their working relationship, which lasted until 1920.
In 1910, Ercolani was hired by the influential Harry Parker in High Wycombe from Frederick Parker furniture—which later became known as Parker-Knoll . Ten years later with the investment of local businessmen, Ercolani founded Furniture Industries in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, the company that became Ercol. His aim was to sell well-designed furniture, made by highly-skilled craftsmen who took pride in their work. This worked well for Ercol, and the company expanded in 1932, when Ercolani bought over Walter Skulls Ltd., a struggling but well-respected chair manufacturer.
The chairs are sturdy and strong and the wooden frames are in super condition. The seat cushions are plump and in good condition with one or two marks (see photo for the worst of these). The pads are very easily removed if you wish to shampoo them and will be inexpensive to recover if you choose to change the fabric.
W49cm x D52cm x H106cm – Seat Height : 46cm