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Antique Georgian Regency Black Painted and Gilded Armchair, circa 1795

Customization Options Squab cushion can be supplied as is or covered to buyer's requirements
Documentation Notes corresponds almost exactly to a 1795 design by Gillows of Lancaster and London
Origin England
Period 18th Century
Materials black-painted and gilt beechwood, canework seat, original hair cushion
W. 21.5 in; H. 35 in; D. 21 in;
W. 54.61 cm; H. 88.9 cm; D. 53.34 cm;
Seat H. 17 in;
Seat H. 43.18 cm;
Condition Good. Restorations, decoration refreshed and worn, re-caned
Creation Date circa 1795
Description An elegant George III period ebonised and parcel-gilt armchair, attributable to Gillows of Lancaster and London,
England, circa 1795.

Two armchairs available.

Why we like it
This particularly rare and delicate, wonderfully chic armchair corresponds almost exactly to a 1795 design by Gillows of Lancaster and London.

In 1795, Gillows supplied ten japanned chairs with similar backrests to Peter Garforth of Embsay Hall, Skipton (L Boynton, Gillow Furniture Designs 1760-1800, Royston, 1995, p. 181, col. pl. 30B). They were probably an adaptation of Georges Jacob's design of circa 1792 for Marie-Antoinette's dairy at Rambouillet. Gillows made the chairs not only in mahogany, but also japanned and they appear to have been particularly popular among the gentry, professional and merchant classes in the north of England. In 1796 the Earl of Strafford purchased six white and green japanned chairs for Wentworth Woodhouse while Sir William Gerard ordered thirty-six mahogany chairs for Garswood New Hall, Lancashire (S.Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, Suffolk, 2008, Vol.1, p.193). A similar Garforth pattern armchair is illustrated in S.Stuart, ibid., p.195, pl.166.

Unusually, the present armchair has turned legs at front and back, while later and less sophisticated versions had more practical plain square-cut back supports.
Styles / Movements Georgian, Regency, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 321337
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