Antique Wing Chairs
Pair of Antique Wing Chairs
Large pair of 19th century wing armchairs in the manner of the Queen Ann period of cabinet making. True to this design they have walnut cabriole legs with carved shell motif, c-scroll arms and a really generous splay to the back legs. These are large comfortable chairs which are much less money and much more solid than their 18th century equivalent.
English circa 1890 £4,800
20" wide arms max
29" deep max
Set of Six Regency Ebonised and Gilt Antique Klismos Chairs
Six 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. They would have been clustered to form a seating group for meetings or tea, etc together with appropriate matching tables or other furniture as required. They are often found placed around the edge of a room, if the space were required to be cleared the tables and desks might be cleared away and the chairs would remain.
English circa 1815 £14,500
06 15 06
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.
20" deep inside seat
32" wide max
33" high max
17" high seat
Antique reclining library chair
Antique reclining library chair with built in foot rest covered in green leather. The show wood is veneered with flame mahogany. The mechanism is actuated by two buttons hidden underneath the armrest and the foot rest springs up when the drawer is opened.
Dutch circa 1830 £1,850
19th Century Mahogany Gainsborough Library Chair
19th century mahogany Gainsborough antique library armchair. This chair follows the form of the Gainsborough chair with padded back and swept arms. An interesting detail is the intricate lattice work carving on the front legs. The back of the legs is chamfered so as to give the appearance of the legs being much thinner than they really are. A very elegant leg of the sort found in the Chippendale directoire.
English circa 1890 £1,850
25” deep max
38½” high max
25” wide max
19” high seat
19” deep seat
21” wide seat
19th century antique library chair
Early 19th century antique library chair standing on slender tall turned legs with rope twist decoration. This chair was made before the invention of coil springs (first patent 1829) and it has been reupholstered in our own workshops using the correct two stage hand stitched horsehair filling in the correct manner for that period. It was the addition of coil springs to upholstery of the later Victorian period which led to the box section becoming larger and the legs shortening to make room for the springs. This is one of the reasons why pre-Victorian upholstery looks more elegant than later pieces. English circa 1810 £1,850
24.5" wide max
43" high max
18" high to seat
(18.5" deep by 22" wide inside seat)