A Pair of George III Mahogany Side Chairs, in the Manner of Robert Manwaring

CIRCA 1770

Height: 38" Width: 23" Depth: 23" Seat H: 18

Inventory Number 8462-146




With serpentine scrolled top rails carved with leaves above a shaped pierced trellis back within tapered moulded uprights, the upholstered seat on chamfered legs with pierced ear brackets.

Additional Information

The chair's trellis-fretted and quatrefoil-pierced back relates to a 'Gothick' pattern in R. Manwaring's "The Cabinet and Chair-Maker's Real Friend and Companion, or, the Whole System of Chair-making Made plain and easy", London, 1765, pl.13.
Manwaring is recorded as working in Haymarket, London and was a direct contemporary of Thomas Chippendale’s. Unlike his contemporary Manwaring did not achieve a famous legacy; however his contribution to furniture design, especially chair design, was enormous (Beard and Gilbert, The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, Leeds: W. S. Maney, 1986, p. 573). The stylized bracket between the front rail of the seat and the top of the chair leg, was a recurrent theme in his oeuvre and some scholars believe it originated in his workshop.