A Good Decorative Set of Four c.1810 Regency Painted & Ebonised Chairs

Origin: English
Period: Regency
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1805-15
Width: 17 inches
Height: 33.5 inches
Depth: 19 inches (each & all at maximum)

The decorative early-nineteenth century set of four matching painted and ebonised chairs with decorated horizontal splats with urns and scrolling acanthus, reeded strung seats and simulated bamboo supports of typical Regency design.

The chairs all show a consistent amount of wear to their paintwork, with an all-over craquelure and as such prove beautifully decorative. We have left the paintwork well alone to each, though have repaired one chair which had suffered a break to its front stretcher. There is some evidence of light woodworm to each but it is sporadic and aged. We must stress that the chairs are built daintily as occasional chairs for the bedroom or such like and as such would only be suitable for occasional use, being more decorative than functional. They can be sat upon but wouldn’t take to being used heavily.

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.

Beautiful, versatile and hugely decorative chairs from the most elegant of periods that can slide with consummate ease into almost any contemporary interior.