A Handsome Late Regency Period Mahogany Open Armchair c.1825

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Origin: English
Period: Regency
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1820-25
Height: 33” or 17” at seat
Width: 21”
Depth: 21” (all at extremities)

The handsome Regency mahogany open armchair or elbow chair of superb colour having a bar top rail over a reeded and scrolled splat back and bold reeded scrolled open arms, the peacock blue upholstered needlepoint tapestry seat showing a tropical bird amongst a flowering urn, the whole on reeded tapering front legs to rear sabres, surviving from the first quarter of nineteenth century England.

With a superb rich colour and deep patination this well used chair is stable and there is only a little movement in the joints. The mahogany has a great deal of character and there are areas of bitumen from being near an open fire. There is a charming old reinforcement to the mahogany frame at the top of one arm, probably in the early to mid Victorian era, which is good and honest, consisting of riveted iron strap-work giving it a real sense of life and history, the iron now wonderfully patinated. The needlepoint tapestry seat is period and most certainly Victorian in date and may be earlier; it is certainly in the Georgian taste and reinforces the classic country house tone.

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 cherished, bona fide English country house antique chair, positively crackling with elegance and character.

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