Property of a Gentleman
AN UNUSUAL GEORGE II WALNUT WING ARMCHAIR, CIRCA 1730
with a drop-in saddle seat
In overall reasonable restored condition and ready for use. Evidence of historic repairs throughout including metal brackets fixed to top rail of back rest. Break to the wing ears with repaired breaks and conforming strengthening dowel restorations. Fillet repairs to splits of back splat. Repaired breaks to armrest and ears to legs, joints of seat rails and the rear stretcher amongst others. Saddle seat with repaired aged crack along its width and later fillet repair in the centre. Evidence of old worm which no longer appears to be active and generally with old marks and scratches consistent with age and use. Sound and sturdy and with a great deal of charm.
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Acquired from Mallett & Son (Antiques) Ltd.
Of ‘wing’ form - although peculiarly without upholstery – the design of this intriguing chair appears to draw from a number of influences from early 18th century manufacture. The high back and exaggerated pierced scrolled arms recall the caned armchairs of the William and Mary period, whilst the ‘banister’ splat, cabriole legs and shaped stretcher derive from early Georgian chair design of the 1720s. Interestingly, the drop-in saddle seat is a hallmark of the ‘Windsor’ chair which rose to prominence in regional chairmaking throughout the 18th and 19th century.