Very Fine Pair of Carved Mahogany Rococo Revival Arm Chairs
Circa 1875-90, probably England
Item # 120108PET27
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This is one of the finest pair of Rococo Revival chairs we've had the honor of carrying. They are incredibly unique and so striking visually, with an overall square profile that lends a modern flair to the design. The carving execution on the chairs is simply second to none, every aspect of the chairs carefully and tastefully carved with perfect cuts.
The crest and arm rails feature repeating oak-leaf carved designs that wrap over the edges of the rail, two ovular oversized acorn finials capping each corner. The arms are supported with a wonderful gallery of swollen-tapered spindles, each carved delicately with a spun-rope formation. These flank a comfortable upholstered seat of striped cream and burgundy velvet, stuffed over the frame and in overall excellent condition with only minor rust-color spotting (see the slideshow for closeups) along the edges.
The medallion back is truly a work of art, an intensely carved solid panel of mahogany, the swirling acanthus formations of Louis XV and Chippendale clearly influencing the overall theme. The square arms round out in the rounded handholds, carved with a fan-motif along the sides and join the frame with a curved arm support, carved with a different variation on the oak-leaf design over stop-fluted square legs that change shape beneath the apron into a swollen-taper leg with spun-rope carvings over wonderful lion paw feet. The lion paws have seen some life, each of them repaired and fixed, lacking a bit of finish luster and still with loss. The back legs mirror the front, but terminate in plain ball feet.
This pair is truly a statement, exceptional in every way and executed with a crispness and depth of carving that is breathtaking. With well preserved red mahogany color, clearly protected from excessive sunlight exposure, covered in a rich polish to bring out the deep patina, these immediately catch your eye in a magnificent way. They would be an outstanding pair of library chairs, placed side by side flanked by a pair of matching tables, or used almost as a settee in a small living room side by side. They set the pace for any room they become a part of, and will simply be a treasure wherever they are in your home.
27" wide x 22" deep x 33 1/2" high to finials
19" high to seat; seat area dimensions 19 1/2" deep x 23 1/2" wide
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