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Lovely George III Fireside Wing Armchair c.1780

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Lovely George III Fireside Wing Armchair c.1780

SHORT DESCRIPTION
An early George III wing back armchair, exceptionally comfortable to sit in with a gentle rake to the back, comfortable height and with a deep and wide seat with well padded feather squab cushion.
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DIMENSIONS
26 inches wide, 23 inches deep and 44 inches high. Floor to top of squab cushion is 18 inches. For metric please multiply by 2.5
DATED
c.1780

 
FULL DESCRIPTION
An early George III wing back armchair, exceptionally comfortable to sit in with a gentle rake to the back, comfortable height and with a deep and wide seat with well padded feather squab cushion.

The complete and original heavy frame in wainscot oak with some attractive burrs and heartwood to the legs. The front legs with original shaped spandrels. The stretcher original also. In excellent condition with no worm, damage or replacements other than the rear right foot which has a small scarfed in repair - 19th century and very difficult to see as it is extremely well blended stable and strong.

At the time this chair was made, in around 1760, houses had no central heating and only log fires in each room. Windows were a single pane of glass, doors and roofs let in the drafts, and even the finest homes were cold and damp in winter. This chair was made by a joiner and craftsman completely by hand. It was made to fit the person who commissioned it, measured like a fitted suit, and so the chair tells you a great deal about the person who commissioned and enjoyed sitting in it 250 years ago.

The chair has deep wings which keep the drafts away and a rarely seen slender form (such chairs often had wide padded arms which rolled outwards) but this was designed to allow several chairs to share the fireside - for a sociable person, who shared their home and fireplaces with their family and friends.

Newly re-upholstered in a top quality silk and linen Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company fabric which retails at 120 per meter, the chair has a unique personality, a happy history and will fit well in a period space, working well with more modern furnishings.

Utterly charming, a very comfortable and original 18th century chair.