This is an impressive antique Victorian mahogany library chair, circa 1860 in date.
This sturdy and very refined elbow chair is upholstered in beautiful green leather and is exquisitely studded.
It features an attractive moulded scrolling show frame which is profusely carved with splendid foliate decoration, while the comfortable pair of downswept arms have elegant scroll terminals.
It is raised on tasteful cabriole legs.
It is a truly distinctive piece which would look perfect in any study or library.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 84 x Width 65 x Depth 66
Height 50 – Seat height
Dimensions in inches:
Height 33.1 x Width 25.6 x Depth 26.0
Height 19.7 – Seat height
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.
Our reference: 09978