A Scottish Provincial Spoon Back Salon Armchair c.1880

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Origin: Scottish
Period: Victorian
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1870-80
Height: 42 inches
Width: 29 inches
Depth: 29 inches (all at extremities)

The provincially made mahogany framed salon or fireside armchair in William IV Style with aubergine rexine button upholstered spoon back on carved acanthus leaf supports on peterae motif blocks and turned front legs with original castors surviving from the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

The chair is in nice decidedly untouched order making it decoratively appealing. The aubergine brown rexine, which is probably 1920s, is worn but appealingly so, now with a nice patination and story to it, with only two very small tears. The mahogany is in relatively good order throughout with only minor scuffs whilst the castors are also original to the piece. The chair retinas its horsehair stuffing and we have re-webbed her to make sure she stays true.

The chair has a provincial feel to it, with the carving being a little primitive though charming and was acquired by us in the very north of Scotland. It takes some elements of its design from the William IV period. Many examples like this would be show framed rather than upholstered fully like this one.

A chair of character, slightly rough around the edges, that is just as decorative as it is comfortable. A bit like a good Scotsman.

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