C1890 Pair of Faux Satinwood Painted Armchairs


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Item no. 67

A pair of elegant beech, caned armchairs, in the classical revival style of the late 19th century (circa 1890-1900).  At first glance they appear to be satinwood, reminiscent of the classical revival period of the late 18th century. However, these examples make use of beech wood, and transfer designs to replicate the earlier style. The sinuous arms are steam bent and lend the chairs an elegant flow. Remarkably,  after more than a hundred years, the original cane is in excellent condition and the chairs quite sound. Upon examining the chairs, my thoughts turned to a book I purchased way back in 1989, by Florence de Dampierre, titled The Best of Painted Furniture, and lo and behold, on page 107, is a matching example of this very pair, right down to the central medallion depicting putti and the green painted foliage. The example cited was from the collection of Sir Geoffrey Shakerley (d. 2012). Certainly, they are light, balanced and soothing to look at. Delicate, with clean lines, they are even comfortable. They show some wear consistent with age and use.

Height 83.5cm – seat width 51.5cm – seat depth 44.5cm

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