PAIR OF QUEEN ANNE / GEORGE I RED WALNUT SIDECHAIRS
Each arched shaped crestrail over a shaped stile and vasiform cyma-curved splat above a rounded seatrail with slip seat having a crewel embroidery covering, raised on cabriole legs ending in pad feet and joined by block and turned stretchers to nicely raked back legs ending in block feet; peg construction; beautiful rich warm color and graining; excellent patination;
incised II and IIII to the back seatrails; original seat frames
Although there is some discussion whether red walnut is actually straight grained mahogany trimmed from the tighter or burled grain mahoganies in the 1720's, this wood has a different color than the usual mahogany - much yellower, brighter and with more grain. The color is also warmer than most walnut. I am thus taking the liberty of using the term "red walnut" for this pair of chairs.
Condition : Excellent with nicks and scratches as appropriate to age; repair to right upper stile on one chair; one back stretcher is set higher and has a very slight variation in to crestrail, the variations characteristic of early chairs being made by more than one craftsman
38.5” High x 21” Wide x 22” Deep
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Pair of Queen Anne / George I Red Walnut Sidechairs, England, c1715