• Circa: 1910
• Number of chairs: 8
• Provenance: England, UK
• Cabinetmaker: Waring and Gillows
• Wood: Mahogany
• 6 Side Chairs
• 2 Arm chairs
• In the style of Chippendale period (c. 1755 – 1780)
• Serpentine top rail
• Trailing foliate carvings to ears and pediment
• Exquisite carved floral pierced fretwork back
• Moulded drop-in seat frame
• Newly upholstered seats
• Silk damask upholstery
• Cabriole front legs
• Sabre rear legs
• Original polish
• Good quality
• Solid in joint
• True set (not matched together)
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14 days UK returns policy
Here is a fine quality antique set of 8 English Georgian Chippendale style mahogany dining chairs by the renowned cabinetmakers, Waring and Gillows, constructed in the Edwardian period, circa 1910, in good condition. The set consists of six side chairs and two armchairs. The chairs are constructed of solid mahogany and feature a serpentine top rail, with a carved floral central pediment, flanked by foliate carvings to the ears, below a finely executed pierced fretwork central splat, flanked by vertical rails. Incorporating a drop-in seat design, the seat frames are finely moulded. The seats been newly upholstered in top quality hardwearing silk damask upholstery, with traditional hessian material to the underside. Therefore the seats are in excellent and clean condition, with no marks. The seats are firm but comfortable; you do not sink into the seat.
The chairs are raised on cabriole legs to front, with sabre legs to the rear. The armchairs mirror the design of the singles, with the addition of two splayed arms, decorated with foliate scroll carvings, secured by shaped vertical supports. Please note, thisis a true set of chairs; they have not been matched together from smaller sets of similar chairs. This set of chairs has been produced by renowned cabinetmaker Waring and Gillows; each chair is stamped on the underside of the frame (see photos).
Gillows of Lancaster and London, also known as Gillow & Co., was a furniture-making firm based in Lancaster, Lancashire, and in London. It was originally established in Lancaster in about 1730 by Robert Gillow (1704-1772). The family owned Gillows until 1814 when it was taken over by Redmayne, Whiteside, and Ferguson; they continued to use the Gillow name. Gillows furniture was a byword for quality, and other designers used Gillows to manufacture their furniture. Gillows furniture is referred to by Jane Austen, Thackeray and the first Lord Lytton, and in one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operas. In 1903, Gillows merged with Warings of Liverpool to become Waring and Gillow. They were the largest company of its type outside London; where they maintained showrooms and workshops. They had a solid reputation for quality. The company won commissions to furnish and decorate public buildings in Australia, South Africa, India, Russia, Germany, France and the U.S. It provided furniture for aristocratic houses, such as Tatton Hall, where some 150 extant pieces complement the work of the architect Lewis William Wyatt. Details of the commissions can be found in the Pattern Books in the Gillow archives. By 1897, they were over extended and formed an informal partnership with Warings of Liverpool. In 1903 Warings bought them out and the two companies became Waring&Gillows (Source: Wikipedia).
These chairs have been produced in the style of the Chippendale period. The period, from 1755 – 1780, is named for the famous English cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale, who published a book of furniture designs in 1754, entitled The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director. It had a strong influence on the cabinetmakers of the day, which incorporated the styles within the book into the furniture they produced. The Chippendale style contained influences from Roman and Gothic styles, including Gothic arches, Chinese fretwork, columns, capitals, C-scrolls, S-scrolls, ribbons, flowers, leaves, scallop shells, gadrooning and acanthus leaves. Construction predominantly made use of materials such as mahogany, walnut, maple and cherry.
The chairs feature a rich dark brown mahogany colour. As they boast the original polish, they have a lovely colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.
The chairs would look superb in the dining or boardroom. They would certainly grace any home and are a great investment as they are extremely functional. So don’t miss out your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.
These dining chairs are in good condition. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges, frames and legs, but nothing significant considering the age of them. The seats have been newly upholstered; therefore the fabric is in excellent and clean condition, with no marks. The upholstery is therefore clean, free from wear and marks. If you do not like the colour/style of the upholstery, we can recover the seats in a fabric of your choice. If you would like the seats recovered, please contact us for a quote. The chairs retain the original polish; therefore they boast a fantastic patination and colour, which cannot be recreated if the chairs were re-polished. This is a true set from the day of their construction (they have not been matched together from smaller sets of similar chairs). The chairs are solid in joint; they do not wobble and they are ready to use.
External height = 97.5cm or 38⅜” or 3ft 2⅜”
External width = 63.5cm or 25” or 2ft 1”
External depth = 60cm or 23⅝” or 1ft 11⅝”
Seat height = 50cm or 19⅝” or 1ft 7⅝”
Seat width = 50cm or 19⅝” or 1ft 7⅝”
Seat depth = 43cm or 16⅞” or 1ft 4⅞”
Arm Height = 69cm or 27⅛” or 2ft 3⅛”
Back height = 53.5cm or 21” or 1ft 9”
Side Chair Dimensions:
Height = 94.7cm or 37¼” or 3ft 1¼”
Width = 59cm or 23¼” or 1ft 11¼”
Depth = 59cm or 23¼” or 1ft 11¼”
Seat Height = 49.5cm or 19½” or 1ft 7½”
Seat Width = 50cm or 19⅝” or 1ft 7⅝”
Seat Depth = 41.5cm or 16⅜” or 1ft 4⅜”
Back Height = 50cm or 19⅝” or 1ft 7⅝”
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