magnificent carved walnut armchairs

Magnificent carved walnut armchair(s).


| $1,325 USD | €1,127 EUR

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There are two of these rare chairs, but they may be bought individually or as a pair. THE PRICE GIVEN IS FOR ONE CHAIR. As is usual with these chairs there are signs of old woodworm activity, not now active. One is in excellent condition, firm and ready to use, with a small old repair to the back; one is equally sturdy but needs restoration to the front seat rail where woodworm damage has caused the cane to detach. (see image 11) A fillet let into the rail and recaning are needed, also there is a small repair to the cane in the back (not visible from the front). Thus this chair is 595. NOTE: red velvet cushions come with these chairs. The cushion for the chair with damage to the seat has a loose wooden seat beneath the cushion, thus the chair can be used. (See images 12-14)
Magnificent and rich, the quality and quantity of the carving is superb. Both are of excellent colour with a good patina. These chairs, with their glorious sculptural quality, are a joy to look at.
Although for many years, right up to the present day, these chairs were thought to be 17th century English, we believe them to be Dutch c.1820, in the 17th century manner.
There are many Dutch chairs of this period in English collections; research by Dr. Adam Bowett has established that they came into this country in the 1820s to fulfil the need for 19th century 'Jacobean' interiors. They are of significantly higher quality than most 17th century examples. "By the time Percy Macquoid came to write his pioneering work 'The Age of Walnut' (1905) these Dutch chairs had quietly been absorbed into the English canon. Several examples are illustrated in his book and the mistake has been perpetuated in many subsequent texts." Dr Adam Bowett 'English Furniture 1660-1714'.
DIMENSIONS: 50 inches tall, 23 inches wide, 29 inches deep (including the rake to the backs), seat height 18 inches.
PROVENANCE: Sussex country house collection.
Internal Ref: 9111


Height = 127 cm (50")
Width = 58.5 cm (23")
Depth = 73.5 cm (29")

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