FINE PAIR OF GEORGE III CARVED MAHOGANY ARM CHAIRS
England, last quarter of the 18th century; both with deaccession numbers verso
Item # 611IYQ11P
Each with exceedingly well carved surfaces and professionally conserved solid mahogany frames, this pair of George III period fauteuils exude a strength and sense of balance in form that is most striking. The design perfectly balances the angular taste for the Neoclassical with unrelenting curvatures and softened features. An infinite-swirled molding surrounds the ovular chair back under a blossoming honeysuckle raised in the shape of a crown flanked by outgrowth of vines and leaves that curve outward along the rail. The open arms are reeded over the handholds and these raised tendrils curve along the twisted arm supports into the corners of the seat, this webbed and stuffed over the seat rail while leaving the lower two inches of the apron in full display. A remarkable carving is centered in the apron, further developing the honeysuckle motif of the crest under a hanging horn from which sprouts acanthus foliage that curls into floral rosettes. The form borrows heavily from the incredible success of the Louis XVI chair forms, but in every way the chairs develop on this and introduce elements that are unique and inspired - the typical rosette carvings in the knees are followed by a beautiful infinite-molding that surrounds the curved front legs over draped and crisply carved waterleaves; the bold reeding of the tapering leg terminate in a carved ankle cuff over an oval foot. The underside is chip carved to lighten the edge, the hand workmanship and chiseling left unfinished. Both chairs have been professionally restored to result in a gorgeous ruby surface and incredible strength.
Measurements: 37 1/4" H x 24" W x 17" D, 20 1/2" H to seat
Fabric with mellowing and fading, some areas of discoloration, overall in "good" condition. Professionally restored with leg joints tightened from beneath (plugged screws beneath frame), added corner blocks and restoration of one rear leg, some repairs along the crest rail. Old and very finely executed refinish, light surface scratches/wear.