Pair of Chippendale mahogany Gainsborough chairs
Pair of Chippendale mahogany Gainsborough chairs
Pair of Chippendale mahogany Gainsborough chairs
Pair of Chippendale mahogany Gainsborough chairs

Pair of Chippendale mahogany Gainsborough chairs

c. 1760 England

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A very fine pair of Chinese Chippendale mahogany library armchairs with arched backs flanked by padded arm rests with foliate and blind fret carved supports, raised on square chamfered legs similarly carved with blind fret and joined by pierced stretchers; the chairs upholstered in very fine yellow silk needlework with flowers and foliage in vibrant greens, reds, blues and pinks.

The Chairs English, circa 1760
The Needlework, French circa 1730

The pierced stretcher and blind fret carving on this pair of armchairs reflect the 18th century taste for Chinoiserie that was popularised by Thomas Chippendale's 'The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director', with a first edition in 1754 and two more in 1755 and 1762. The serpentine crest rails and curving arms enhance the overall effect.

The term 'Gainsborough' was introduced in the 20th century to describe armchairs of grand proportions that typically would have been commissioned for a drawing room. These chairs, with their comfortable and deep seat, reflect the relaxed yet grand mood captured in the portraits of 18th century British nobility by Thomas Gainsborough.

The French needlework with large stylised flowers in shades of red and pink with blue-green foliage on a gold ground combine the most expensive colours of the period. The needlework is in a remarkable state of preservation and with strong, fresh colouring.
Dimensions
Height 40.20 inch (102.11 cm)
Width 28.00 inch (71.12 cm)
Depth 22.00 inch (55.88 cm)
Stock Code
F3E0257
Medium
mahogany, needlework
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