A pair of small George I walnut 'dressing' armchairs, circa 1720
20,000 - 30,000 GBP
Property of a Private British Collector
A pair of small George I walnut 'dressing' armchairs
the cartouche-shaped padded back and seat covered with contemporary silk needlework, with scrolled 'shepherd's crook' armrests, the moulded seat rail with re-entrant corners on lappet headed front legs with hoof feet
A rare and unusual pair of chairs of diminutive scale in overall excellent conserved condition. Minor old worm damage to some areas which no longer appears to be active. Some consolidation at armrests with filler and staining visible on close inspection. Some movement to mouldings below seat rail. Evidence of re-securing at joints notably to front legs. Rails to one chair possibly replaced and mouldings to this example with some screw repairs and with some small replaced sections. One leg with some splice repair but generally the chairs are in good order with typical minor old marks, scuffs and scratches consistent with age and use. The English silk needlework with some repairs and fraying - notably to top of backrests - but it is predominantly period and probably original to chairs.
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