An Elegant Regency Mahogany & Rexine Upholstered Rope-Twist Back Elbow Chair c.1810-15

Origin: English
Period: Regency
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1810-15
Width: 20.75”
Height: 31” or 16.5” at seat
Depth: 19” (all at extremities)

The handsome early-nineteenth century mahogany open arm or elbow chair of Sheraton influence and good colour with the original rexine upholstered seat, of typical Regency design, having a rope-twist rail and x-shaped back with shell motif inlay and rectangular burr walnut tablet to elegant reeded arms and standing on turned front legs to rear sabres surviving in original condition from Regency period England.

This drawing room chair shows a lived in and consistent amount of wear to its surface both to the mahogany and rexine, with an all-over patination and as such proves beautifully decorative. There is a small section of inlay missing to the tablet on the splat and one of the front legs has had a historical repair taken to it. The rexine is original and had been covered with a golden fabric so it has kept it in good order with only attractive wear present and no tears.

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 good decorative and elegant example of a quality chair from a timeless period.