C1820 Mahogany Regency Military Armchair
This butch little chair is well above average in style and condition. Freshly waxed to a rich patina, this sabre leg open armchair is George III period and Regency in style. There is both ebony inlay in the back, and a ropetwist on the splat. This traditionally would be seen as a memorial to the naval battle of Trafalgar (the rope), in 1805, resulting in the dramatic death of Admiral Lord Nelson (the black). Presumably the lotus flowers are in remembrance of Napoleon's Tour d'Egypt in 1798-1801. The sabre legs are based on the curved swords of that name. Clearly a very masculine, military oriented chair.
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