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A set of twelve Regency mahogany and ebony 'Klismos' dining chairs, circa 1815, after a design by Thomas Hope 

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

25,000

to
- 40,000 GBP

A set of twelve Regency mahogany and ebony 'Klismos' dining chairs, circa 1815, after a design by Thomas Hope 

A set of twelve Regency mahogany and ebony 'Klismos' dining chairs, circa 1815, after a design by Thomas Hope 

Estimate:

25,000

to
- 40,000 GBP

A set of twelve Regency mahogany and ebony 'Klismos' dining chairs, circa 1815, after a design by Thomas Hope 


the backrest decorated with scrolls and conjoined anthemion motifs with an exaggerated rake on reeded uprights and sabre legs  

In good restored condition with some ebony detailing detached. Detached elements held in place with tape. Upholstery excellent but chairs uncovered in calico. Old marks, dents and scratches to frames and both mahogany and ebony raised carved elements. One chair with 1880 inked to corner bracket of seat rails, each chair with brackets to corners. Historic evidence of old worm to some seat rails. One chair with repair to shaped back rest in the form of a dowel and pegged repairs (well executed) to each leg. One chair with historic fragmenting from knot but stable. One chair with historic vertical scratches to side rail reserve. One chair with vertical marks to moulded detail of rails. Superb quality, the pronounced rake to backrest resulting in a distinctive and ergonomic model.


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These ‘Klismos’ type chairs, with their wildly raked backs, anthemion motifs and reeded sabre legs, betray the influence of the celebrated arbiter of early Regency taste, Thomas Hope (1769–1831). Thomas Hope acquired his celebrated house in Duchess Street in 1799 and quickly set about remodelling it in a style inspired by his Grand Tours of Greece and Egypt. The design of these chairs relates closely to a set of chairs illustrated in Thomas Hope, Regency Furniture and Interior Decoration, p. 26, pl. IV and p. 66, pl. XXIV.