A really beautiful and original set of early 18th Century Queen Anne walnut side chairs
20.5 inches wide
20 inches deep
39 inches high
and 18 inches from floor to seat pad
A really beautiful and original set of early 18th Century Queen Anne walnut side chairs with compass seats and backs and a fabulous warm colour and naturally deep patina which is consistent between all four chairs.
The cabriole front legs with extended finely carved lappets terminating in wide pad feet. The stretchers finely turned and offset to centre and with gently raked back legs.
All four chairs and solid and robust, comfortable and with no weakness or movement to the joints.
With curved vase shaped splats with scrolled back top rails in solid walnut as are the legs. The seat rails veneered in beautifully figured walnut. Compass seats and backs were far more expensive to make than the more usual banister back. They required more wood to create the shape and more time to thickness it. Chairs made with veneers rather than all in the solid were the most expensive of the period. From 1725 onwards chairs were more usually commissioned without stretchers as the new open style of chair became more fashionable. The form dates these chairs to the period of transition from stretchers to open chairs and the compass shape to the seat and backs date this set to having been made between 1720 and 1730. They have survived in such good order because the stretchers have given them an additional inherent strength.
Excellent colour and condition with only small and typical professional restorations. All legs, stretchers and rails are original and without breaks and with no re-tipping to the feet. The backs, shoes and splats again all original timbers. Some small veneer restorations and a bit of old worm to some of the seat rails as is usual and right but all long since treated and dead.
The drop in seat pads are covered in hand stitched needlework panels with a pale yellow ground and bluebirds, flowers and foliage in the Chinese manner - each individually made for its chair and in our view 19th century but remaining in excellent original condition with no wear, marks or damage.
A wonderful set of high quality early English walnut chairs with a lovely colour, in very good original order and exhibiting the finer detailing and craftsmanship of an important City based maker.