Fine Period 18th Century George III Chippendale Mahogany Side Chairs
England, probably circa 1760-70
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They are quite fantastic works of art, each with pierced reticulated ribbon-back (or vertical ribbon-back) carved splat designs. The crest is a single piece of carved mahogany that drops onto both stiles with tenons securing them. The splat pieces also drop into the bottom and top of the chair frame, each being carved of a single piece of mahogany with all swoons and swells of form masterfully executed. The stiles have wonderful sense of motion, each with true individuality when compared against the next - these sidewind in a subtle bending form into the crest.
The leg and stile are a single piece, moving from incredible carved formations into a chamfered canted backswept leg. These are locked together in a mahogany box-stretcher structure, whereby the side and back rails of the stretcher mortise into the actual leg, with the middle crossing stretcher half-dovetailing beneath either side rail to lock perfectly in place. The Marlboro front legs are molded on the front and side, leaving the back chamfered with no design. A serpentine form green upholstered seat of generous Period proportions rests over this entire structure, with replaced blocking keeping the frame incredibly strong.
This is a stunning pair with a simply stunning patina through every portion of the set. They feature only the best in English craftsmanship, with incredible carving and tight clean lines. They make a fine acquisition for any formal setting, with a functional sturdiness and structural integrity that will last for centuries to come with proper care.
21 1/2" wide, 21" deep, 36 1/2" high to crest, 18 1/2" high to upholstered seat.
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