A Sublime Regency Painted Beech Bergère Armchair c.1795

Origin: English
Period: Regency
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1790-1810
Width: 23 inches
Height: 35.5 inches
Depth: 23.5 inches (all at extremities)

The decorative Regency painted and distressed beech open bergère armchair in its totally original state, having light green painted decoration on a gilt ground consisting of ebony amnd green stripes and paterae to the legs, the frame with a caned back and seat, turned tapering from legs to rear sabre legs and the original Regency green-striped squab cushion.

The chair is in its totally original condition and we have only simply given her a light wax to protect the paintwork which is beautifully worn in the right areas, especially to the elbow areas as one would expect.. She has very light signs of worm to the underside. There are no obvious faults structurally. The cane-work has two small holes to the back panel, which aren’t particularly distracting. The original upholstery to the seat is water stained and has tearing to the front. This entire ensemble is original and proves charming as a slightly tired but wonderfully authentic country house piece.

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 shows some of the French influence at the time but retains English traits.

Completely original, wonderfully timeless, dazzlingly decorative, unadulterated country house.