Georgian Chippendale Carved Mahogany Wingback Arm Chair, c. 1760-80
England, Late 18th Century
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This is a stunning and rare piece, with a unique and quite interesting design. The crest is flat, squaring off with small lobed wings that culminate where your head would rest, and flow back into the frame almost immediately. These flank a broad and very comfortable upholstered back, from which both open upholstered arms flare slightly outward before joining the sloped arm supports. Each arm support is intricately carved with gothic fretwork designs out of a single solid block of mahogany - none of the carvings on this chair are applied, all of them being carved of the solid. These flow into a square seat, deeply upholstered and stuffed over the rail. The seat rests over two square front legs, each with gothic fretwork motifs carved long them, stretched with a box stretcher joining using hidden tenon mortise joinery - not dovetails. The rear legs are square, canted and slightly backswept and all four legs are chamfered along the interior corner.
This is one of the most beautiful Georgian chairs we've carried, having fabulous carvings with a deep glowing patina on all exposed surfaces in rich mahogany. It is incredibly solid and heavy, being fully functional nearly three-hundred years after being originally crafted, with generations of strength still in the joints throughout. This is an outstanding find for any serious collector of Georgian antiques, but also a wonderful find for anyone looking to bring this classic design to their home in a striking and wonderful way.
28 1/4" wide x 27" deep x 40 5/8" high; 20" high to seat
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