An important pair of mid 18th century Chippendale period carved mahogany window seats, each with foliate carved outscrolled sides terminating in paterae, over a padded seat covered in yellow damask above a fluted serpentine seat rail interspersed with paterae and centered by a laurel swag, on fluted square tapering legs terminating in block toes. One bearing a paper label inscribed "British Antique Dealers Association/Art Treasures Exhibition/1932/No 188".
The form of this pair of impressive window seats is reminiscent of the later work of Thomas Chippendale and indicative of the size and grandeur of the room it was made for. The classical motifs, represented by the fluted leg, frieze and swagged architectural tablet are drawn from Roman architecture that so inspired contemporary late eighteenth century architects such as Robert Adam and William Chambers. These window seats would have formed part of a much larger suite of formal seat furniture that would have comprised several armchairs and stools for a highly fashionable neo-classical drawing room.

Literature: ‘Catalogue of Art Treasures Exhibition 1932’, London, p. 31, No. 188.

Exhibitions: ‘Art Treasures Exhibition 1932’, London, p. 31, No. 188, by Mallett & Son Ltd.


  • Provenance

    Mallett & Son Ltd, London, 1932.
    Private collection, USA.


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