ENGLISH GEORGIAN CARVED MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIR
Circa late 18th century
Item # 609XSL103
Of masculine form and proportions, this fine Georgian period side chair features a fully developed vasiform splat with intricate displays of carved foliage sprouting from the tips of the pierced splat ventricles, these rising in a dramatic outward splay from the lower bowl decorated with pierced bear claws around an ovular center. The splay is raised on a stepped plinth surrounded by a gadroon-molded shoe. The trapezoidal seat displays beautifully with it’s serpentine front rail, the thick green leather covering affixed with brass tacks around the lower edge over marlborough front legs. A box stretcher locks the squared front legs into the backswept rear legs, these a single stretch of mahogany from the tip of the back toe through the tip of the stile. Instead of using webbing, the upholsterer used a piece of conforming plywood, probably to lend strength to the frame, as the corners are devoid of blocking and over time would be prone to loosening. To compliment this, the upholsterer used a generous amount of stuffing and a padded undercover (visible along the edges of the nailed leather); as such, the chair remains very comfortable and accommodating, even for long periods of sitting and working.
An ideal piece to use as a desk chair, it was intended to be functional and enjoyable and remains so to this day. Finely designed and crisply executed, it is a very striking and pure object for the traditional interior.
Measurements: 38 1/4” H x 22 1/4” W (at front legs) x 21 3/4” D x 18 1/2” H to seat
Early refinish. Leather seat upholstery with age appropriate wear, scratches, etc. Plywood panel used instead of webbing when seat was reupholstered. Old crack upper proper-right of splat, edge wear to legs and rear of proper-left stile; seat rail spliced under leather. Sturdy and strong.