A set of twelve Regency ebony inlaid mahogany Klismos side chairs attributed to William Trotter, to a design by Thomas Hope.
The design for the chairs is published in Thomas Hope’s Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, published in 1807. The secondary timber used is ash, a wood usually associated with Scottish workshops. The overall design and fine execution of the chair suggest a high-quality workshop like William Trotter of Edinburgh.
Furniture supplied by Trotter at Paxton House in Scotland shares many similarities, and in particular the fan shaped counter reeds to the legs.
Thomas Hope, Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807, pls 4 & 24.
Margaret Jourdain, Regency Furniture 1795-1820, 2nd revised edition, 1949, p. 91, fig. 61.
‘Chairmanship’, Connoisseur, 9 July 2001, pp. 28-31, illus. 5b.
Locko Park, Derbyshire, England, until 1994.
Private collection, USA.
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