• Item: Gainsborough Chair
• Circa: 1890
• Period: Late Victorian
• Provenance: England, UK
• Wood: Solid mahogany
• High-back design
• Blind fretwork carved frieze
• Carved cabriole legs
• Ball & claw front feet
• Splayed cabriole feet to rear
• Splayed scroll end arms
• Stunning early handwork tapestry
• Firm horsehair & webbed seat
• Original polish & patination
• Very good condition
• 14 day free UK returns policy
Here is a stunning example of an antique Chippendale style mahogany Gainsborough / open armchair, circa 1890, in very good condition. This chair has been inspired the original Gainsborough armchair, which was originally made in England in the mid to late 18th century. The chair boasts a very good quality and early hand stitched floral petit point and needlepoint floral tapestry, incorporating a bird scene to the back and seat, on a brown background. The date of the upholstery has been discreetly worked into the needlepoint as “P.B. 1929”; this was the date the chair was re-upholstered. The seat retains its original horsehair filling, secured by webbing, so that you do not sink into the seat but at the same time it is extremely comfortable. Matching braiding completes the upholstery. The chair features a high back with open scroll end mahogany arms on shaped down swept supports connected to the seat frame. The frieze of the chair frame incorporates stunning quality floral blind fretwork carving, which extends to the shoulders of the cabriole legs. The cabrioles legs terminate on very good quality carved ball and claw feet (the claws are pronounced, which is a sign of quality). To the back of the chair, there is a dark green backing with a red backing to the underside of the chair. The chair features elegant cabriole legs to the rear.
This item would look superb in a variety of rooms from the bedroom, living room or hallway. This item would certainly grace any home and is a great investment as it is extremely functional. So don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.
The chair frame features a rich brown mahogany colour. As it boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.
External Height = 119cm or 46⅞” or 3ft 10⅞”
External Width = 72.7cm or 28⅝” or 2ft 4⅝”
External Depth = 78cm or 30¾” or 2ft 6¾”
Back Height = 73cm or 28¾” or 2ft 4¾”
Arm Height = 74cm or 29⅛” or 2ft 5⅛”
Seat Height = 49cm or 19¼” or 1ft 7¼”
Seat Width = 64.5cm or 25⅜” or 2ft 1⅜”
Seat Depth = 52cm or 20½” or 1ft 8½”
Weight = 25kg
This chair is in very good condition. The chair boasts an early tapestry upholstery, which is in very good condition. There has been sympathetic restoration to the needlepoint tapestry on the front seat edge. The tapestry is in clean condition and retains its vibrant colours. As the chair frame boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received. The chair frame is in very good condition, with no splits or loose joints. Furthermore, all carving is complete and not damaged. The backs and arms are solid. This item is solid in joint, does not wobble and is ready to use.
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Ref. Gainsborough Armchair 39