A fine pair of mid 18th century carved mahogany side chairs in the manner of Thomas Chippendale, each having a serpentine shaped stuffed back and seat upholstered in gold silk damask above profusely shaped rails with acanthus leaf carving and central clasp to the front; on cabriole legs with acanthus carved knees terminating in scroll toes on blocks. Note: The design for these chairs relates in some detail to plate XIII of Thomas Chippendale’s third edition of ‘The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker’s Director’. The backs have been restored at one stage to their original outline.
Literature: Thomas Chippendale, ‘The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker’s Director’, 3rd edition, 1762, pl. XIII. Illustrated: Margaret Jourdain and F. Rose, ‘English Furniture, the Georgian Period 1750-1830’, 1953, p. 73, illus. 34. Partridge Fine Arts Plc, ‘Furniture, Silver & Works of Art’, 2004 catalogue, pp. 54-5.
Sir Henry Price, Wakehurst Place, Sussex (1877-1963); Phillips of Hitchin Antiques Ltd.; H. J. Joel collection, London; Partridge Fine Arts Plc, London; Hotspur Ltd., London; Private collection, Oxfordshire; Private collection, London.
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