Pair of George III Giltwood Open Armchairs
Attributed to Thomas Chippendale
Each padded cartouche-shaped backrest within a molded beaded frame surmounted by a palmetto cresting, the overupholstered serpentine seat with guilloche-carved seat rail flanked by padded arm rests with scroll-carved handholds and supports ending in foliate-carved cups, the tapering fluted legs ending in leaf-carved top-form feet. Height of backrest 36 inches (91.5 cm), width of backrest 19 inches (48.3 cm), height of seat 17 inches (43.2 cm), width of seat 24 inches (61 cm), depth of seat 19 inches (48.2 cm), width overall 25 inches (63.5 cm).
The present chairs bear many characteristics of the work of Thomas Chippendale, including the cartouche-shaped backrest with a strut at the back, C-scroll handholds, voluted supports with scroll terminals and resting on leaf-form cups, the guilloche-carved seat rail, back legs ending in scrolled feet and leaf-carved front feet.
Cf. a related pair of armchairs from M. Harris & Sons, London, with almost identical backrests, arm rests and supports, the seat rails similarly carved with a guilloche but centered by a rectangular panel, with fluted legs continuing to feet similarly carved with leaf tips and guilloche collars, sold, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Property of Robert J. Dunham, May 9-10, 1947, lot 363, illus.
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