A set of ten mid 18th century Chippendale period carved mahogany dining chairs comprising of eight side chairs and two armchairs, each having a serpentine shaped crest rail joining the moulded uprights and finely carved with acanthus leaf, central shell motif and floral paterae at each end; having a vase shaped pierced splat with acanthus scroll carving and central pendent tassel, having a drop-in seat upholstered in yellow silk damask; on moulded square legs with inside chamfer joined by an H-stretcher. The armchairs having outswept moulded arms with scroll ends on downswept supports joined to the outer seat rail. Note: Two side chairs are of a later date.
Literature: Herbert Cescinsky, ‘The Old World House’, 1924, Vol 2, p. 166; a set of chairs with virtually identical backs, probably from the same workshop.
Herriard Park, Hampshire.
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