A Handsome Regency Period Mahogany Desk Chair c.1810

Origin: English
Period: Regency
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1810
Width: 22 inches
Height: 33.25 inches
Depth: 21 inches (all at extremities)

The Regency mahogany open armchair having a shaped panel back and open scrolling arms on turned tapering front legs to rear sabre legs and the original black rexine covered seat, survives from the first decade of the nineteenth century.

The chair is in pretty good original condition with the only areas or repair to the arms. There are two areas of more recent restoration at the base of one of the arms where it meets the seat, and to the rear of the same arm where it meets the splat and one can see the joints where the arms meet the back seat to the reverse of the chair. The legs, splat and rails are all without restoration. We have given her a light wax to bring out the wonderful colour and patination in the mahogany, which is beautifully worn in the right areas. The original rexine upholstery to the seat is a little tired but fully in tact aside from some loss to the edgings and makes a nice change from the newly upholstered ones that are more commonplace. She remains stable and sturdy for everyday use.

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 beautifully proportioned, with elegant lines and very human curves and surfaces and as such it bestows its grace on the sitter, effortlessly.