Antique Pair of Edwardian Inlaid Mahogany Side Chairs c.1900

GBP 775.00

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Object Description

This is a beautiful antique pair of Edwardian mahogany inlaid bedroom chairs, circa 1900 in date.

These chairs have been masterfully crafted in beautiful solid mahogany. The cartouche shaped backs are decorated with satinwood marquetry dragons and classical urns. The padded seats are upholstered in striking a golden damask fabric and they stand on square tapered legs.

Provenance:
Bishton Hall

Country House sitting in 25 acres of beautiful gardens in the centre of rustic Staffordshire and home of the Northcote family.

Add some classic elegance to any room with these love chairs.

Condition:
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned polished and reupholstered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 89 x Width 41 x Depth 39
Height 47 – Seat Height

Dimensions in inches:
Height 35.0 x Width 16.1 x Depth 15.4
Height 18.5 – Seat Height

Mahogany
is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.

Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.

Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect.

Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).

Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.

Marquetry
is decorative artistry where pieces of material (such as wood, mother of pearl, pewter, brass silver or shell) of different colours are inserted into surface wood veneer to form intricate patterns such as scrolls or flowers.

The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian “Cosmati”-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the “hardstones” used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.

Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, André-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (ébénistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing shell and brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.

Our reference: 09265

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