A Blacksmith Repaired Regency Mahogany Library Bergere Chair c.1815

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Origin: English
Period: Regency
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1815
Width: 20.75”
Height: 34” or 15.5” at seat
Depth: 19”

In the manner of Gillows, the Regency period mahogany framed bergere library chair having an elegant swept framed back to rear sabre legs and turned front legs, with a caned seat and back, the left flank with a large blacksmith repair of iron fittings, and the whole surviving from the first quarter of nineteenth century England.

The chair is in its totally original condition and we have only simply given her a light wax to protect the mahogany which is beautifully worn in the right areas. The blacksmiths repair is certainly of nineteenth century origin.

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 is most certainly in the manner of Gillows.

A well-made chair that was lovingly cherished and saved by its owner with a real story to tell, now delighting in its imperfection.

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