A superb quality mid-18th century chair of the Chippendale’s ‘Director’ period, almost identical to the St. Giles’s House dining chairs, attributable to the royal cabinet-maker William Vile.
London, circa 1750.
Why we like it
We love the virtuosic quality of its carving, its elaborate back and the gently scrolled legs – an epitome of the English rococo, formulated by Thomas Chippendale in his seminal ‘Director’ and promoted by the best craftsmen of the day. Great colour and patination too.
This design is not identical to any in Chippendale’s Director, but draws inspiration for the stylized motifs from various plates in the publication. It incorporates the latest trend for rococo, or what Thomas Chippendale described as the ‘Modern’ style in his 1754 Director.