A pair of George I walnut and marquetry side chairs, circa 1720
3,000 - 5,000 GBP
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These unusual yet highly sophisticated side chairs demonstrate the evolution of early Georgian design. The sweeping ‘India’ back combined with Berainesque marquetry flourishes would have been at the height of fashion in the first quarter of the 18th century, denoting the influence of continental émigré craftsman and works of art from East Asia. The complex ‘compass’ back of the present lot, with its scrolled baluster splat and top rail, entered the vocabulary of English chair design the 1720s and is testament to the extraordinary skill of a top London maker.