The handsome early-nineteenth century mahogany open arm or elbow chair of exceptional colour with the original brass front castors and leather seat, of typical Regency design, having a rope-twist rail back and rear sabre legs surviving in untouched condition from Regency period England.
This drawing room chair shows a lived in and consistent amount of wear to its surface both to the mahogany and leather, with an all-over patination and as such proves beautifully decorative. There is some evidence of light woodworm to the underside carcass but it is sporadic and aged. There is one small tear to the leather which we have made good. The whole has no breakages or restoration and it is largely in untouched condition.
There is a very similar designed chair in ‘Regency Furniture’ by Frances Collard, p.20 – the ‘patent metamorphic library chair’ which features the same back and arms as our example and is dated to 1815.
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.
A timeless piece, of exceptional colour, in beautifully original condition.