A Superb Pair of Regency Satinwood Spoon-Back Chairs

CIRCA 1810

Height: 38" Width: 22.5" Depth: 24" Seat H: 18.5"

Inventory Number 8099-19





The scooped 'Roman" shaped backs of highly figured timber with beautifully rendered Greek key border, over a band of interlocking rings on the central back splat; the over-upholstered seats raised on line painted sabre legs retaining their original box caps and casters.



Additional Information

During the last quarter of the 18th century, chair designs varied only slightly from the traditional forms. They had a characteristic high-shouldered appearance as the arms were set high into the back uprights. By the beginning of the 19th century, a dramatic change had taken place. The Greek chair of the 4th and 5th centuries was becoming the inspiration for Regency designers. In this new chair, the back and rear legs formed a continuous curve, and the front legs bent forward to create a sense of balance. Thomas Hope and George Smith both published designs for this new form of chair in 1800 and 1801, respectively. Spoon-back or gondola chairs, as they were known, were popular throughout the Regency period.