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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ProvenanceA 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.