Very hard to find an early set of Chippendale dining chairs in lovingly maintained condition! Possibly period or early 19th century. The distinctive design of the back is straight out of Chippendale's Cabinetmakers and Gentleman's Directory, plates 13 & 14. The plain un-carved squared-off cabriole legs are seen in Connecticut chairs of this period. The ball and claw feet lean towards Virginia in design, especially the softly defined talons. Though the talons are well worn down it's hard to imagine how they were when the carving was crisp. There are numerous old expertly-done repairs and reinforcements as you might expect to still be highly useable. Almost all of the seat and leg braces have redone at some time or another. The seat cushion frames are all original and have been re-webbed, using the correct strapping, horsehair stuffing and cotton batting. They have been recovered at least five times previously. The cushions have been upholstered in an 18th century style silk damask that looks very elegant. We would be happy to supply more detailed photos on request for any serious shopper. The patina is lovely, appearing never to have been touched. Its a shellac finish and glows with a mellow luster.
We want to stress that these chairs while very old, are completely strong and functional, with no looseness or frailness and can be used with no fear of damage.
Dimensions: 38" top of back 18" wide seat 14" deep, 17" from floor.
While the chairs may be expensive we think that you'll find they're very realistically priced when compared with what else is out there.
We will provide free hand delivery within 1000 miles of Richmond.
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