PRESENTING A STUNNING Pair of 18C Irish Regency Hall Chairs.
A matching pair which is RARE to find !
Made in Ireland during the Regency Era circa 1790-1820.
We know these are ‘Irish’ because of the signature ‘Scallop Shell’ backs which was synonymous with Irish Georgian furniture makers. It was, in effect, their signature.
These chairs are marked on the underside of the base with the initials ‘I.D.’ This could have been either the makers mark or the owners initials but we think more likely, the maker.
Made of gorgeous Cuban mahogany the back splats have the most glorious carved scallop shells with scrolls underneath. The seats are fluted with an inner border. The front legs are cabriole legs with fluted curves from the knee to the foot on the front and likewise with the central front support. The plain back legs curve outward.
The chairs are in good condition for their age. They have evidence of historic and more recent repairs, namely to the back legs, the front right knee of the chair on the left and a crack on the seat of the chair on the right.
ALL IN ALL …. GREAT CONDITION FOR THEIR AGE, RARITY AND QUALITY !
THESE CHAIRS WOULD HAVE GRACED THE HALLWAY OF A GREAT IRISH MANOR HOUSE !
The Regency in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland was a period at the end of the Georgian era, when King George III was deemed unfit to rule due to his illness, and his son ruled as his proxy, as prince regent. Upon George III’s death in 1820, the prince regent became King George IV. The term Regency (or Regency era) can refer to various stretches of time; some are longer than the decade of the formal Regency, which lasted from 1811 to 1820. The period from 1795 to 1837, which includes the latter part of George III’s reign and the reigns of his sons George IV and William IV, is sometimes regarded as the Regency era, characterised by distinctive trends in British architecture, literature, fashions, politics, and culture.
The Regency is noted for its elegance and achievements in the fine arts and architecture. This era encompassed a time of great social, political, and economic change. War was waged with Napoleon and on other fronts, affecting commerce both at home and internationally, as well as politics. However, despite the bloodshed and warfare, the Regency was also a period of great refinement and cultural achievement, which shaped and altered the societal structure of Britain as a whole.
One of the greatest patrons of the arts and architecture was the Prince Regent himself (the future George IV). Upper-class society flourished in a sort of mini-Renaissance of culture and refinement. As one of the greatest patrons of the arts, the Prince Regent ordered the costly building and refurbishing of the beautiful and exotic Brighton Pavilion, the ornate Carlton House, as well as many other public works and architecture (see John Nash, James Burton, and Decimus Burton). Naturally, this required dipping into the treasury, and the Regent, and later, the King’s exuberance often outstripped his pocket, at the people’s expense.
Pair of 18C Irish Regency Hall Chairs.
Provenance: From a Private Estate in Dallas.
Condition: Very good condition.
Dimensions: 33″ Tall, 15.5″ Wide, 20.25″ Deep
Seat Height of 17.25″.