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25% Off Original Price: $ 3,200
Sale Price: $ 2,400

Early 19th Century English Regency Black Painted Klismos Armchair Desk Chair

Customization Options a squab cushion may be made to buyer's requirements
Origin England
Period 19th Century
Materials ebonised beech and brass mounts
W. 21.5 in; H. 33 in; D. 20.5 in;
W. 54.61 cm; H. 83.82 cm; D. 52.07 cm;
Seat H. 16.5 in;
Seat H. 41.91 cm;
Condition Good. decoration refreshed at some point, minor historic restorations, canework re-woven
Creation Date circa 1810's
Description An early 19th century Regency period black painted and brass mounted desk armchair of Greek revival Klismos form, in the taste of Thomas Hope.

English, circa 1810.

This black-japanned and cane-seated chair, with Grecian boldly curved legs and gilt-brass paterae, is designed in the French antique fashion popularised by Thomas Hope and Henry Holland, the architect to George, the Prince of Wales. The superbly curved 'Sabre' legs derive from the Greek 'Klismos' chair, an epic timeless design, already popular in circa 400 BC, while the lustrous black japanning evoke the then newly fashionable fascination with Ancient Egypt.

Thomas Hope, one of the most extravagant designers of the early 19th century, published a related design with scrolled back and outcurved legs in his book Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807.
Styles / Movements Napoleon, Neoclassical, Regency
Incollect Reference Number 317361
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