A fine mid 18th century Chippendale period mahogany armchair. The cartouche-shaped moulded back with acanthus leaf carving having out swept padded arms with moulded down swept supports. The serpentine shaped seat rails with richly acanthus carved front and side rails on moulded cabriole legs headed by a berried cartouche terminating in scrolled toes. The close nailed 18th century gros-point needlework executed in wool in shades of blue on a vibrant yellow background.
This mid 18th century armchair is designed in the then popular ‘French fashion’ and shares similarities with drawings by Chippendale, ‘The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director’, plate XX of the 3rd edition.
T. Chippendale, The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director, London, 3rd edn., 1762, pl.XX; design of the toe. M. Harris & Sons, The English Chair, London, 1937, p.113, plate XLIII.
E.T. Joy, The Country Life Book of Chairs, London, 1968, p.54, ill.52; a similar chair from the same workshop.
A. Coleridge, The Cusworth Suite, London, 2008, p.33, pl. 14.
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