Exceptional 18th Century Chippendale Mahogany Side Chair

An exceptionally fine 18th Century Mahogany Chippendale Side chair of superb colour and patina. The top rail crisply carved with scrolling leaf work and flowers, with finely carved tassel dropping from the centre. The superbly shaped pierced and carved interlaced splat flanked with roses. The well drawn cabriole legs are finely carved with an abundance of scrolls and curling leafs, terminating with a claw and ball foot. The carving extends from the shaped ear pieces at the top of the legs across the bottom of the front rail in a fine flower and ribbon pattern with punchwork to the background.
Remarkably the ear pieces are all original, there is one small repair to the left hand side of the splat. The chair otherwise is in wonderful original condition.
A masterpiece from the pinnacle of the English chair making tradition. Circa 1760
Literature.
There is a similar although less sophisticated example in ‘The Age Of Mahogany’ by Percy Macquiod. see images.

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