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George Hepplewhite: A Pair of Satinwood Armchairs
England, circa 1790

An exceptional pair of George III Sheraton period satinwood open armchairs, each with a rectangular back with vertical splat carved with the Prince of Wales’s feathers, the caned seats with blue silk cushions, on square tapering legs with painted reserves and collared toes. Of particularly fine quality.

With their vase-carved splats surmounted by Prince of Wales feathers and painted oval panels to the seatrail, the present armchairs related to a 1790 design by Gillows of Lancaster, a variant of their ‘canopy top rail’ chairs which were generally carved with drapery swags, and more explicitly to a design published by Hepplewhite and Co. in The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide, 3rd ed., 1794, pl. 1.

Height 91.00cm (35.83 inches)
Width 55.00cm (21.65 inches)
Depth 56.00cm (22.05 inches)


With Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd., London, 1939
Sir Henry Price, Wakehurst Place, West Sussex
With Mallett & Son (Antiques) Ltd, New Bond Street
Private Collection London

Reference - K11.108