A Late 19thC Regency Revival Mahogany & Leather Library Armchair

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Origin: English
Period: Regency Revival
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1890
Width: 22.75”
Height: 44.5” or 18.5” at seat
Depth: 22”

The Regency revival open library armchair, probably retaining the original plum leather hobnailed upholstered seat and back, surmounted by a pair of highly stylised lion finials, with good open scrolled arms, turned supports and an X-stretcher, surviving from the last quarter of nineteenth century England.

The chair is in good stable condition and can be used daily. The leather is good quality but is worn and has a couple of tears as photographed. There is a healthy patination to the wood.

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 table certainly revives many elements of the period such as the scrolled arms and amalgamates them with added quirks that the late nineteenth century brings.

A striking chair that could be used as an entrance hall feature or seating for a desk.

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