18C Irish Mahogany Hall Chair with Scallop Back

18C Irish Mahogany Hall Chair with Scallop Back.



18C Irish Mahogany Hall Chair with Scallop Back

Gorgeous Irish mahogany Hall Chair from circa 1790.

Fluted legs with gorgeous scallop shell scrolled back and armorial plate.

Made of the best Cuban mahogany. It sits on four legs. The front 2 are beautifully turned and fluted and the back 2 are solid and sturdy and curved outwards. This is a really solid piece of furniture. Gorgeous deep red patina. The seat portion has been re-finished. A simple, but high Quality and Elegant Piece! It would have graced the hallway of an Irish Manor House.

Highly collectible, very rare, important and sought after chair !!!

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IRISH 18th CENTURY FURNITURE: Irish furniture made during the first seventy-five years of the eighteenth century is the most easily recognizable. It can be identified by certain idiosyncrasies that differentiate it from English furniture of the same period, though Irish furniture sometimes appears to be retardataire and behind prevailing fashions in England. Details peculiar to Irish furniture of this time frame can be summed up thus: The carving on the aprons of card, tea, and side tables, stools, blanket chests and bottle-stands has low relief foliated detail that often incorporates eagles' heads, winged birds, rosettes, oak-leaved festoons, and tassels that are usually centered on grotesque lions' masks, goblin heads, baskets of flowers, and scallop shells. These details are in relief against a ground incised with a large-meshed dotted trellis or lozenge pattern often punched in the center. Solid background punching, such as usually appears on gesso work, is also often found. Cabriole legs are frequently emphasized by further masks, acanthus leaves, or cabochon shells. The shell motif is particularly common on chairs, settees, and tables. Chairs often have backs and seat-rails of oak veneered with mahogany, and stretchers were usual even after they had gone out of fashion in England. Furniture motifs popular during the reigns of Queen Anne and the early Georges were retained in Ireland long after they were out-of-date in England, and coupled with often bizarre carving, give some pieces an almost sinister animal life. As if to further emphasize the animal nature of this furniture, another characteristic is the muscle or fetlock just above the square-shaped paw or webbed claw-and-ball foot. Often this little bulge is acanthus-decorated and frequently the leaf crawls further up the leg. Stylized hairs or imbrication occasionally take the place of the acanthus.

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18C Irish Mahogany Hall Chair with Scallop Back.

Provenance: Bought from an Auction of Country House Estate contents in Ireland.

Dimensions: 33" tall, 16" wide and  16" deep

Condition: Excellent

Price: $1,575.00.   Sale Price Now: $1,199.00

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