A SET OF SIX GEORGE III DINING CHAIRS

Attributed to GILLOWS OF LANCASTER & LONDON (worked 1730-1903)

A SET OF SIX GEORGE III DINING CHAIRS

c. 1790 England

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A set of six George III mahogany dining chairs, comprising four side chairs and two carvers; the square four-upright splat-backs with canopied top rails; the front legs elegant turned and collared with toupie feet, the back legs square cut, tapered and slightly splayed.

The ‘square-back’ or ‘four-upright splat chair’ design was one of Gillows’ most popular and was introduced and illustrated in the Estimate Sketch Book in July 1790. The first examples were made in Lancaster and then sent to London on consignment for sale. The firm supplied twenty chairs to Sir Walter Blount of Mawley Hall, Salop in August 1791. Gillows described them as: ‘8 very good mahogany chairs with hollow seats plain taper’d legs 4 upright splats fluted, the bottoms stuffed with best curl’d hair into canvas border’d and cover’d with black Morocco leather tied down with silk tufts welted and brass nailed 2 rows. @ 36s; 2 armed chairs suitable with quadrant elbows moulded the bottoms stuffed and cover’d as above @46s’ .

The simple ‘square-back’ design evolved in 1792 into the ‘canopy top rail’. This design was offered either plain, as in the present chairs, or further embellished with drapery swags. A year later Thomas Sheraton also illustrated chairs with drapery backs in his Drawing Book. A set of these draperied canopy back chairs was supplied in October 1792 to Walter Fawkes of Farnley Hall, Otley, Yorkshire.
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