Antique Dining Chairs and Desk Chairs
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Pair Of Regency Ebonised And Gilt Sabre Leg Klismos Antique Chairs
Pair of Regency Ebonised and Gilt Antique Salon Chairs.
Extremely fine example of the sort of chair designed to be on display in a prominent room of a large and important house. These would have been in a large salon or drawing room, or a large entrance hall.
English circa 1815 £4650
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These chairs are in excellent original condition and retain much of their original fabric. Although not in useable condition it could be matched or copied depending on requirement. The gilding is worn but original and the ebonising is in good condition. The squabs are made of the most expensive sort of white hair stuffing material. They are stitched in the pre-Victorian manner, with surface to side stitching instead of a stitched roll edge.
The design of these chairs is typical of the high fashion of the period. The classical revival had been very much in evidence for a while, but these chairs follow closely the form of the Klismos chair. The sabre shaped legs splay out from the seat to provide stability and the curve of the back supports echo the shape of the legs. The back rest is shaped to the curve of the back and is normally the correct height apon which to rest an elbow. The decorative element of animal feet at the base of the arm was also a very popular decorative device in classical Greek and Roman decorative arts, as well as Egyptian of course. At those early periods a chair of this form, or indeed any sort of chair was considered a sign of wealth. In fact, to own a chair (or back stool) was not commonplace for anyone except aristocracy until the 16th century in England. The Klismos was a form of chair depicted on archaeological finds from the then recent excavations of Greek ruins. This interest in Greek and Roman classical form in decorative arts and architecture was evident in aristocratic circles for a very long time. As well as having a purity of line and being proportionally accurate, the classical revival is also associated with a period of enlightenment and secular education with which the aristocracy would have wanted to be associated.
Klismos chairs were illustrated in Thomas Hope's, Household Furniture and Interior Decoration (1807). He also had Klismos chairs after his own design in his museum-like house in Duchess Street in London. They were made for many important architectural and interior projects at the time, including many country houses such as the vast Packington Hall in Warwickshire.
There is more information about Klismos chairs here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klismos
And Thomas Hope here https://en.wikipedia.org/…/Thomas_Hope_%281769%E2%80%931831…
Below are some photographs of the chairs in question as well as some examples of the Greek original. There is also a painting by Adam Buck depicting himself and family and what better way to show his wealth and classical knowledge than by including his Klismos chair in the painting.
25" deep max
20" deep inside seat
32" wide max
33" high max
17" high seat
George III Period Antique Elm Arm Chair
George III period 18th century antique elm arm chair with drop in seat in old flatweave fabric. This is a charming armchair made of sought after indigenous elm wood which has faded to a desirable colour with a good deep patina. The pierced back splat is a generous shape and the arms are especially noteworthy with a hook to the front of each arm that would be useful for propping up a pair of walking sticks or shepherds crooks.
George III circa 1760 £650
69cm / 27" wide
48cm / 19" high to seat
97cm / 38" high overall
53cm / 21" deep
18th century antique armchair
Early 18th century antique armchair made of walnut. This chair is a great scale and would be good in a library or behind a desk. This is a very old chair so there are some old repairs and some long dead wood worm in the show wood. If you are buying without viewing first hand, do inspect the photographs carefully.
English circa 1740 £850
17½" high seat
Antique child's chair with gilt wood
Antique child's chair with gilt wood, caned back and upholstered seat.
French circa 1920 £180
13 1/2" wide
26 1/2" high
19th century armchair
Pretty 19th century armchair with turned spindles and fine detail to the decoration.
English circa 1820-1840 £380
26 1/2" wide at arms
22" deep maximum
34 1/2" high
Good quality hall chair with nice generous shape and made of really dense grained Cuban mahogany, this chair weighs a ton! £550
38 1/2" high
18 high to seat
Antique dining chair
Antique dining chair made of mahogany with sabre legs all round.
English circa 1820 £150
18" high seat
33" high overall