A Regency Revival Chinoiserie Painted Beech Bergère Open Armchair c.1900-25

Origin: English
Period: Edwardian/Early 20thC
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1900-25
Width: 21.5”
Height: 35” or 18” at seat
Depth: 20”

The decorative Regency style painted and distressed beech open bergère armchair in a beautifully original state, having lovely swept arms with black painted and gilt chinoiserie decoration to simulate ebony and brass, the frame with a caned back and seat with a central cartouche of an oriental lady in a garden, turned tapering front legs to rear sabres and surviving from the first quarter of twentieth century England.

The chair is in good original condition and we have only simply given her a light wax to protect the paintwork which is beautifully worn in the right areas, especially to the elbow areas as one would expect. She is ready to go.

The influences on Regency design and taste were legion; from Sheraton’s neoclassicism, Henry Holland’s Anglo-French taste, the Greek revival of Thomas Hope, and the Chinoiserie favoured by the Prince Regent, to an interest in the Gothic, Old English and rustic. The Regency attitude to interior decoration often involved treating each room as a unit with individual furnishings and wall decorations in harmony of theme or colour scheme. This chair was made in the revival period when suites were popular for orangeries and the like.

In perfect original order with the exact right helping of timeworn elegance.