Antique English mahogany Gainsborough library armchair George III period, ca 1770.
Of generous wide proportions, typical of the period. Good colour and patination.
With open, down swept arm supports and raised on square legs united by ‘H’ stretchers.
This classic English antique Gainsborough library armchair is now upholstered in pink and gold damask, and close nailed.
H: 100 cm
W: 72 cm
D: 74 cm.
The Gainsborough library armchair may have acquired its name through being depicted in some of Thomas Gainsborough paintings.
The Gainsborough armchair [also known as a Martha Washington chair in the United States [US First Lady (1731–1802) ] is a type of armchair made in England in the eighteenth century. The chair was always wide, with a high back, open sides and short arms, and was normally upholstered in leather or tapestry. Contemporaries referred to it as a ‘French chair’, as the most elaborate styles were based on French Rococo chairs from the Louis XV period.