england , circa 1765

A fine and rare George III mahogany "Chippendale Director period" side chair, showing superb quality carving throughout. The carved splat back is very closely related to Plate IX of Thomas Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director. With silk upholstered drop in seat, the front cabriole legs with finely acanthus carved detail and ending in bold scroll toes. Good colour and patina throughout.


Probably with Moss Harris & Sons, circa 1937
The collection of Major Boris S. Mylne
With Hotspur  Ltd.
Private Collection UK
With Hotspur Ltd.
With Mackinnon Fine Furniture, 2013
Private Collection London

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Height: 37³/₈ in (95 cm)
Width: 24³/₈ in (62 cm)
Depth: 23¹/₄ in (59 cm)
Moss Harris & Sons in their The English Chair (1937) illustrate an identical armchair. The accompany text refers to: 'a set of five (side chairs), and one elbow, mahogany chairs'. It is quite conceivable that the side chairs were sold either as a set of four or two pairs, leaving one single chair available, likely our chair. Moss Harris ascribed these chairs to Chippendale.
Moss Harris & Sons, The English Chair, 1937, p. 127, pl, LVA (the identical armchair illustrated, the side chairs referenced)
Thomas Chippendale, Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, plate IX
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