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A George III Adam Period Mahogany Open Armchair
England, 1770

An exceptional and important George III Adam period mahogany open armchair of outstanding quality. The chair with an arched crest rail, centred by a beaded rosette and with husk swags, above a pierced interlaced and anthemion-carved splat, above a serpentine silk-upholstered padded seat, flanked by out-curving moulded and foliate-carved arms, over a carved serpentine antique-fluted and beaded seat-rail centred by a floral patera, raised on fluted tapering legs with foliate and shaped feet.

The quality of the carving is quite magnificent. A marvellous specimen chair. The mahogany of wonderful colour.

This chair relates to a palm-flowered splat on a chair at the Victoria & Albert Museum, acquired in 1907, attributed to William and John Linnell of Berkeley Square (R. Edwards, A History of the English Chair, London, 1951, no. 93 and M. Tomlin, Catalogue of Adam Period Furniture, London, 1982, Q/2, inv. no. 503-1907).

Further comparisons can be made between the present chair and seat furniture supplied by Mayhew and Ince for the 3rd Earl of Darnley, for Cobham Hall, Kent.

Height 37.00inch (93.98 cm)
Width 24.00inch (60.96 cm)
Depth 23.00inch (58.42 cm)


The collection of The Hon. Desmond Chichester, M.C.
Christie's London, Objects of Art Important English Furniture Eastern Rugs and Carpets, 26 June 1975, lot 52

Reference - N02.38