A set of six generously proportioned ‘Gondola’ dining chairs, in the style of Gillows of Lancaster and London.
English or Irish, circa 1825.
Why we like them
One of the most comfortable Regency chairs ever created. Their upholstered, wrap-around backrests provide useful support for the back, but also lend more presence to these chairs. With proper upholstery they can become really stylish accessories. Full ‘country house look’ with their beautifully patinated mahogany and early 20th century faux-leather upholstery.
The chairs are in good usable antique condition, but can be fully re-upholstered to buyer’s requirements.These comfortable chairs reflect the robust early 19th Century French/Grecian fashion with Ionic-scrolled tablet rails and acanthus-wrapped columnar legs. They typify the George IV fashion, driven by the Wyatt dynasty of architects through cabinet-makers and upholsters such as Messrs. Gillows of London and Lancaster. The back’s Grecian-scrolled uprights feature on a pattern for an ‘elegant antique’ or ‘Roman’ chair pattern with accompanying ‘Grecian footstool’ in R. Ackermann’s 1810 Repository of the Arts. They were considered appropriate for a variety of rooms and were intended to be executed in mahogany.
A very similar set of chairs sold from the Collection of the Marquis and Marquise de Ravenel, Christie’s London, 21 November 2007, lot 44 (£16,000). For a further related set see Christie’s London, 6 March 2008, lot 43 (£22,100).