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Pair of Neoclassical Regency Klismos Armchairs

Documentation Notes See description
Origin England
Period 19th Century
Materials Mahogany, leather
W. 21 in; H. 34 in; D. 22.5 in;
W. 53.34 cm; H. 86.36 cm; D. 57.15 cm;
Seat H. 16.75 in;
Seat H. 42.55 cm;
Condition Good. Fine antique condition, beautifully patinated old leather
Creation Date Circa 1810
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description Fine early 19th century pair of neoclassical Regency armchairs of Grecian Klismos form in mahogany, after Thomas Sheraton's design.

English, circa 1810.

Both stamped TB indicating that the they are possibly made by Gillows journeyman. According to Susan E. Stuart's book "Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840" 'T. Bradley' was stamped on two chairs from a set of nine mahogany dining chairs sold by Christie's, London, 9th March 2000, lot 104. Thomas Bradley was apprenticed to Isaac Greenwood cabinetmaker of Lancaster in 1790, and he is almost certainly the 'T. Bradley' who stamped the above chairs. He became a Lancaster freeman in 1799-1800 when he was described as a cabinetmaker of Lancaster. Like so many men employed by Gillows, he was apprenticed in Lancaster before working in the Oxford Street shop occasionally.

A set of chairs attributed to Gillows with initials stamped TB was offered by Christie's at The English Collector: English Furniture, Clocks and Portrait Miniatures, 17 November 2016, London.

Why we like it:

The design of these armchairs derives from the antique Grecian Klismos chair, having distinctively curved front and back legs. The design of the chair-back, with its reeded drapery swag relates to that of an 1804 'Drawing Room Chair' pattern illustrated in Thomas Sheraton's, The Cabinet-Maker, Upholsterer, and General Artist's Encyclopaedia, London, 1803-1806, pl. 1. The same pattern was adapted for the dining chairs supplied to the 2nd Earl Talbot (d. 1849), supposedly by the London firm of Marsh and Tatham, around 1808 for his ancestral Staffordshire manor of Ingestre.


Height: 34 in / 86.5 cm
Width: 21 in / 53.5 cm
Depth: 22.5 in / 57 cm
Seat height: 16.75 in / 42.5 cm
Styles / Movements Neoclassical, Regency, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 306829
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