FINE PAIR OF CHIPPENDALE MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIRS IN THE GOTHIC TASTE
England c. 1780, with excellent marlborough feet and early finish
Item # 702LMA11I
An exceptional presentation pair, these were crafted in the Gothic taste at the height of the Chippendale period. The pierced splat backs are unusually angular, the long molded outer verticals curving only slightly as they raise acanthus carved returns under the oxbow crest rail. The inner splat structure steps down from three voids to two lower voids, each with a scalloped cresting, the inverse of which is employed centermost as a most effective strike point at a nearly exact halfway point. The bold trapezoidal seats are stuffed over the rail, the surface with a slight backward slant that lends comfort to the sitter. Angular and powerful marlborough legs with a fine molded profile on the outward facing sides terminate in large squared feet. The box stretcher is tenoned into the legs on the sides and back, the medial stretcher bar dovetailed into the sides from beneath in the traditional method. Most attractive is the old beautiful patina preserved in the surfaces throughout - this complex worn surface shows hints of nearly black finish in the recesses while being rubbed to a near ruby hue in the raised portions. Precisely carved and of a very fine form and profile, this is a most fine acquisition for the serious collector of English furnishings.
Measurements: 22 3/4” W x approx. 19 1/2” D x 37” H, 18 1/4” H to seat
Upholstery in "fair" condition with some blemish/stains. Old cracks in splats and minor joint separations. Very sturdy and strong throughout, comfortable and heavy craftsmanship. Very early surface with fine patina throughout; age appropriate wear, scuffs, etc. as expected. An outstanding overall condition.