Pair of Regency Klismos Chairs, in the manner of Marsh and Tatham

35% Off Original Price: $ 3,750
Sale Price: $ 2,438
  • Description
    A rare and unusual pair of mahogany 'Klismos' chairs of the early Regency period, in the manner of Marsh and Tatham (two pairs available)
    England, circa 1810.

    Why we like them
    This model is one of the most elegant Regency chairs that we have handled. Their bold spread of the front legs, the deep rake of the backs is smartly balanced by the delicate thinness and refinement of the lines. We particularly like the swagged backs and the old worn yellow leather seats. A very chic addition to an eclectic or modern interior.

    These handsome chairs, conceived in the Grecian manner, allude to Arcadia with their tablet backs, enriched with festive swags and libation paterae. Their highly unusual, superbly graphic profile with boldly scrolled front legs and raked back, is inspired by ancient Greek 'Klismos' chairs, often depicted on Attic pottery starting from circa 400BC. Their symbolic ornament derives from the French 'antique' style promoted by the connoisseur Thomas Hope (d. 1842) and popularised through the guide to his London mansion entitled, Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, London, 1807.

    With their distinctively scrolled and sunk-fluted legs, terminating in subtle feet, the present chairs relate closely to a suite of dining-chairs from Brabourne Manor, Kent bearing the brand of B. Harmer, who worked as a journeyman for Elward, Marsh and Tatham (see C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, Leeds, 1996, p.33, fig.478 and the Powderham suite of seat furniture sold by Lord Courtenay, Christie's, London, 5 July 1990, lots 50-51 and 5 December 1991, lots 222-223). They also relate to a hall chair, bearing a Talbot crest, sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 16 September 1999, lot 9. The latter in turn relate to the hall seats supplied in 1802 by Elward, Marsh and Tatham, which are likely to have been intended for George, Prince of Wales's Marine Pavilion at Brighton (M. Jourdain, Regency Furniture, London, 1965, p. 56, fig. 102).

    For a virtually identical set please see Sotheby's London, 3 December 2013, lot 93.
  • More Information
    Customization Options: chairs may be reupholstered to buyer's request
    In the Style of: W.Marsh and T.Tatham
    Origin: England
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: carved mahogany, old leather upholstery
    Condition: Good. original antique condition
    Creation Date: circa 1805-15
    Number of Pieces: 4-5
    Styles / Movements: Regency, Georgian, Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 523601
  • Dimensions
    W. 19 in; H. 33 in; D. 25.5 in;
    W. 48.26 cm; H. 83.82 cm; D. 64.77 cm;
    Seat H. 17.75 in;
    Seat H. 45.09 cm;
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