C1770 George III Mahogany Wing Chair or Porters Chair
Like a swan, most of the work in a wing chair happens below the upholstered part. Wing chairs provided a shield from draughts, and still provide comfortable and comforting armchairs today. The fully upholstered superstructure nestled the sitter (or sleeper) in their private cocoon, while the mahogany understructure provides the clues as to age. The legs are square section, with rule mouldings to the outer fort edge only. There is a small console bracket at the top of the legs to give an elegant junction to the upholstered seat. For strength, the robust Marlborough legs at the front and the sabre legs at the rear are joined by a Chippendale style H stretcher. The H sits flush with the legs on the outside. Victorian and later copies usually indent the H stretchers. The stretcher that joins the two rear legs is, as usual, higher than the other three. This allows room for two independent mortise and tenon joints as well as being visually pleasing. The colour of the mahogany is good and there is a fine patina.
113 cm tall, 67 cm wide and 80 cm deep, this is a substantial private retreat.
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