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George I Carved Irish Walnut Pair of Chairs

1720 Ireland

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George I Carved Irish Walnut Pair of Chairs

Important Design – A rare and fine pair of Irish George I walnut side chairs of excellent colour and patina, circa 1720.

The undercut shaped back-splats of violin form are beautifully and naturally carved in acanthus leaves, returning into eared scrolls, topped by a crest rail depicting curtain swags and fine hanging passementerie. The chairs are supported by the most gorgeous and boldly carved, eared cabriole legs, terminating on hoofed pad feet. Just one of the many quirky and amazing details of these chairs can be seen in the exceptional depth of carving. An example of the carvers skill can be noted to the cartouche knees which are completely hollowed out.

Irish furniture of the 18th century follows the pattern and style of English furniture of the period. However, sometimes quirky, with subtle differences and a certain charm which is expressed in these chairs, that are not solely but often seen in Irish furniture. For example – the scrolls to the crest rail, the boldly carved legs with cartouche, hoofed pad feet, curtain swags and fine hanging passementerie.

The drop-in seats are upholstered in excellent quality needlepoint, decorated in tulips and other native flowers.

Condition

Superb, original sleepy country house condition and of excellent colour and patina.

Provenance

Acquired fresh to market from a private London collector and have not previously been on the market.

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Dimensions
H 40 in. x W 19 in. x D 17 in.
H 101.6 cm x W 48.26 cm x D 43.18 cm

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