An Extraordinary Pair of George II Mahogany Armchairs, After a Design by Thomas Chippendale

CIRCA 1755

Height: 42" Width: 29" Depth: 29" Seat H: 17"

Inventory Number 6831-483





Possibly Irish, each with a cartouche-shaped back of exaggerated form with a serpentine top outlined with leaves and with scrolled leaf supports, the shaped arms with gadrooned edges and gadrooned downswept supports raised on double-pierced scrolls, the shaped seat rail carved with leaves, flame motifs and scrolls; raised on four cabriole legs ending in hairy paw feet, the front two carved at the knees.


The unusual form of these chairs derives from a design for a 'French Chair' included in Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1755, pl. XX.

See “French Chippendale Chair” in C. Simon, English Furniture Designers of the Eighteenth Century, London, 1905, fig. XII.

For a possible Irish assignment, see F. Lewis Hinckley, Masterpieces of Queen Anne & Georgian Furniture, New York, 1991, p. 68, pl. 50, fig. 95.

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