A very unusual and rare George III side chair made in solid teak and in excellent original condition
23 inches wide, 26.5 inches deep and 36.5 inches high.
Floor to seat is 17 inches.
For metric please multiply by 2.5
The hand carved spandrels original also and with a beautiful warm and rich well developed colour to the teak frame.
The chair is solid without weakness, repairs, replacements or loose joints and is upholstered in a good quality coral and cream heavyweight fabric with brass antique nail finish. Very comfortable and substantial with a lovely gentle angle to the back and strongly raked back legs.
The British Empire once included much of America and large areas of the South Pacific, Asia and Africa. Diplomats and British families worked all over the empire and furniture was commissioned from craftsman to match the fashions and styles of the period. This was made in the local hardwoods such as ebony, padouk, teak and cedar and the original design would often alter with interpretation and embellishment. This furniture is broadly known as British Colonial and there are far fewer good examples of Georgian and early 19th century Colonial furniture than there are of those pieces made by British craftsmen and cabinet makers.
Here the form of the chair closes matches a design by Gillow c. 1760, including the underframing of the seat but the spandrels have a colonial influence and are a variation of a Chinese Chippendale design spandrel.
A beautifully made, spacious and well proportioned 18th century chair in solid teak – probably originating in Asia - in c. 1790. A rare and superbly crafted example of British Colonial furnishing.