Rare set of twenty George lll mahogany dining chairs including a pair of open armchairs. Ca 1810.
Rare set twenty George lll period dining chairs
Impressive and rare set of twenty antique (George III) mahogany dining chairs including a pair of open armchairs. Ca 1810.
The carved and moulded frames raised on sabre legs. The backs with X splats centered by a small carved roundel. The top rails channeled, carved and with a scrolled top rail.
Overstuffed ‘saddle’ seats with applied reeded borders to the seat rails. Two side chairs of a later date but virtually identical.
Excellent quality, colour and condition.
Nb. It is very rare for twenty Georgian dining chairs to survive as a complete set.
More often than not these long sets were broken up over the years into smaller numbers to be distributed amongst family or household staff members.
There is a comparable set of twenty-four mahogany sabre leg Georgian dining chairs in the Banqueting Room at The Royal Pavilion, Brighton. (Illustrated on p. 284 in Nigel Nicholson’s ‘The National Trust Book of Great Houses of Britain’, Published in 1978 by Book Club Associations, Weidenfeld and Nicholson.)
Another set of sixteen dining chairs, ca. 1820, with ‘scrolled tablet’ top rails were sold by the late Colonel Norman Colville, M.C., Christies lot 690 22nd November 2007 est. £30,000-£50,000. These relate to dining chairs supplied by George Oakley, in 1810, to Papworth Hall, Cambridgeshire. This set was composed of several similar but ‘matched’ additional chairs.
Lit. A.E. Riveirs-Hopkins, ‘Sheraton Period Furniture for the Small Collector’, Old Furniture Magazine, vol.3, 1928, pp. 220-228, figs. 7-9.