A Well Carved c.1900 Oak & Leatherette Upholstered Armchair

Origin: English
Period: Late Victorian
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1880-1900
Width: 26.5 inches
Depth: 23.25 inches
Height: 42 inches (all at extremities)

The late nineteenth century oak open armchair with Gothic influences, well carved with grotesque masks to the back supports and arm terminals, with shell and leaf carved pediment, rear swept legs and cabriole shaped front legs with hoof feet and the original leatherette upholstery, the whole surviving from late Victorian period England.

This chair is found in a totally original state aside from a section of the stretcher which has been replaced and matched in due to earlier worm damage. We have stabilised the other joints and had the chair re-sprung and re-webbed and it is ready for use. The leatherette is original so it is understandably slightly tired, but importantly all benefiting from a beautiful suppleness and patination that material of this type of this age so beautifully radiates. The chair is now presented in good sturdy condition with wonderful originality.

Chairs carved in this way with high relief and intricate mask terminals have some influence from seventeenth century English chairs, and also renaissance revival and gothic revival influences. At the height of the late Victorian period this type of carving was popular as an alternative to the arts and crafts or art nouveau movements.

The various opposing masks to this chair are wonderfully impish, both mischievous and grotesque at the same time and they really lift the piece to another level from other chairs of this type. A very striking chair in the right house.