An extremely rare and important mid 18th century white and green painted lime wood armchair attributed to Thomas Chippendale, having a serpentine shaped crest rail with acanthus leaf carving and Gothic paterae, above a Gothic back segmented into six triangles with wavy flower petals joined to a circular flower decorated centre, with outswept leaf carved arms on downswept moulded supports, and having a drop-in seat upholstered in green silk velvet, with plain frieze with astragal moulding on square tapering legs with waisted collar and trefoil field, terminating in block feet.
Note: The design for this chair is a variant of plate XXV in Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker's Director for the back design and the leg. The arm derives from plate XVII.
Note: Paint decoration refreshed where necessary.
Literature: Thomas Chippendale. The Gentleman and Cabinetmakers Director, 3rd edition, London, 1762, plates XXV, XVII.
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