19th Century Mahogany Gainsborough Armchair

REF: 4570

19th Century Mahogany Gainsborough Armchair

REF: 4570

A very well carved 19th century mahogany Gainsborough chair. The arms with cabochon terminals and acanthus leaves, the rails with cross-hatched decoration and elaborately carved cabriole supports terminating in a 'French' foot.

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  • Height 96.52 cm / 38 332"
  • Width 73.66 cm / 29 332"
  • Depth 63.5 cm / 25 332"
  • Period 1850-1899
  • Year c. 1890
  • Country England
  • Provenance A Gainsborough Armchair (also known as a Martha Washington chair in the United States) is a type of armchair made in England in the eighteenth century. The chair was wide, with a high back, open sides and short arms, and was normally upholstered in leather or tapestry. Contemporaries referred to it as a 'French chair', as the most elaborate styles were based on French Rococo chairs from the Louis XV period.