A Wonderful Early 18thC & Later, Aubusson Upholstered Wingback Armchair

Origin: French & English
Period: Louis XV & Late Victorian
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1740 and c.1890
Height: 47 inches
Width: 33 inches
Depth: 33.5 inches (all at maximum)

The walnut framed and tapestry covered armchair, in George III style, having eighteenth century French Aubusson tapestry covering in azure and peacock blues on an ivory ground showing opposing stag and doe amongst foliage, the walnut carcass and frame with soft green and ivory velour sides and rear, the frame being late nineteenth century with a padded back, arms and seat, fronted by carved cabriole acanthus leaf legs, the whole of faded gentility.

The condition to the early Georgian period upholstery is understandably tired and partly faded, with the stronger blues now lighter than they once were and with some areas of heavier wear and loss, particularly to one arm. Therefore it is offered in country house use condition. This is part of the charm here and we’d be a little horrified if the upholstery was deemed for change as it has much age and quality to it, though it has seen better days. The walnut frame and carved legs are in good strong and sturdy order with little movement.

The original purpose of wing-backed armchairs was understood to be to prevent drafts in old houses from reaching ones upper body or to protect the delicate skin of gentrified ladies from the heat of a roaring fire.

Ever so stately, wonderfully time worn, resplendently country house.