An outstanding pair of Klismos chairs, designed by Thomas Hope, the manufacture attributed to Gillows of Lancaster and London.
England, circa 1807.
Why we like them
This highly individual design with extremely bold, exaggerated curves, was created by the early 19th century tastemaker, Thomas Hope (1769-1831) for his London mansion in Duchess Street, pl. XL in his ‘Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration’, published in 1807. Hope drew inspiration from the ancient Greece and Rome, and Klismos form in all iterations was certainly his favourite for seat furniture. An extremely rare and important example of design from this era.