English George III Chippendale Antique Arm Chair, Third Quarter of the 18th Century, c. 1760-80
Item # 090009RRW13
This listing is for a English George III Period Chippendale Walnut Arm Chair with a Vasiform splat over square molded legs, probably circa 1760-80. The chair has great character in the finish, deeply oxidized dings and abrasions from years of use covered in countless applications of beeswax for a glowing smooth surface throughout. It has seen much use, many repairs evident throughout the chair, including repairs to the vulnerable arm supports and pieced out back feet. However, repairs are very early and have oxidized to become part of the overall character of the chair.
The yoke crest rail has a soft slope to it, a single piece with the stiles tenoned into it (repaired at both joints) over a bold vasiform solid splat, this joining into the molded shoe over the back rail.
The arms are wonderfully shaped, employing the cyma-curve that so dominated architecture and furniture designs of the mid-to-late 18th Century, creating a comfortable arm rest over finely turned baluster arm supports. These flank the trapezoidal light green leather upholstered slip seat seat, which appears to be a mid 20th century replacement. Turning the chair upside down, you can see a nearly black level of oxidization. Both front legs are square with subtle molding at the outer corners, the back legs square and canted, all four locked in place with a box stretcher.
This is a wonderful antique 18th Century arm chair, ideal for a home with a Colonial decor. Not a piece for serious collectors due to the numerous repairs, it is a visually delightful work for enjoyment in the home.
Measurements: seat dimensions 23" by 17"; 27" wide (arm to arm) x 38" high to crest, 18" high to seat.
Condition Report: Early finish preserved under many later layers of wax, probably not original finish. Separation of joints throughout. The right arm (left hand side if sitting in the chair) has a minor split to the base, where the turned support meets the frame of the seat - this weakens the arm and results in a light wiggle; it will eventually need to be reglued. The replaced slip seat covering has a tear on it, and light crackling throughout the leather cover. Blocks inside of seat frame are 20th century replacements. Age appropriate wear to finish, as well as scratches and abrasions throughout, many of which have fully oxidized to become part of the patina. Some added plugs along the apron, backs of feet pieced out.
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