Gilded Glamour: A Pair of Giltwood Gadrooned Armchairs attributed to John Cobb

This important pair of George III giltwood armchairs attributed to John Cobb have just arrived in the gallery.  Designed in the French taste, these exceptional chairs have magnificent gadrooned show-frames.  The seat, back and armrests are upholstered with silk damask, and the elegant cabriole legs similarly gadrooned and and terminating in scroll toes with pad feet.  … Continue reading Gilded Glamour: A Pair of Giltwood Gadrooned Armchairs attributed to John Cobb

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An Upholsterer’s Dilemma: Picking Fabric for Antique Chairs

Sometimes, though not often, antique chairs retain their original upholstery: the Warwick Castle armchairs and Newhailes library chairs are two notable exceptions. When the time comes to choose fresh upholstery for antique chairs, there are a number of options to pick from, including silk damask, velvet (either plain or cut velvet), patterned silk, or needlework, to … Continue reading An Upholsterer’s Dilemma: Picking Fabric for Antique Chairs

Exhibition Spotlight: A George II Armorial Hall Chair from Anne Bassett of Haldon House

Today's Great Provenances exhibition spotlight is this very fine George II mahogany armorial hall chair attributed to William Hallett.  The scallop-shaped, rippled and paper-scrolled back is centred with the coat of arms of Anne Basset framed in an elaborate cartouche decorated with scrolls, lambrequins, and a carved cherub’s mask. The  outswept scrolled arms on spreading supports … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: A George II Armorial Hall Chair from Anne Bassett of Haldon House

Never Taking a Back Seat: The Incredible Chair Backs of Thomas Chippendale

A while ago we wrote about an exceptional pair of George III mahogany side chairs from our archive--the carved pierced backs of the chairs closely follow the designs on Plate IX of Thomas Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director. Today, we are highlighting two exceptional George III mahogany specimen chairs that also feature fantastic carved backs.  Specimen … Continue reading Never Taking a Back Seat: The Incredible Chair Backs of Thomas Chippendale

Behind the Scenes of a Curious Armorial

Today we are taking a close look at one of our most recent acquisitions, a very fine George II mahogany armorial hall chair attributed to William Hallett.  The chairs features a scallop-shaped, frilled, and paper-scrolled back, centred with a scrolled and lambrequinned cherub mask carved coat of arms.  The outswept scrolled arms on spreading supports … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of a Curious Armorial

The Seat of Power: The Curule Form & Its Origin

You may not be familiar with the term curule, but you will no doubt be familiar with the furniture made in the curule form.  The history behind this furniture is fascinating, and the way that the furniture has evolved throughout time provides an interesting timeline that is still evolving. Curule is defined as a something … Continue reading The Seat of Power: The Curule Form & Its Origin