A George III Mahogany Double Chair Back Settee
A fine mid 18th century Chippendale double chairback settee in mahogany with carved shaped top rails, pierced carved splats and outscrolling arms. The drop in seat covered in gold silk damask, the frieze and square chamfered legs decorated throughout with ‘Chinese’ lined fretwork.
English, circa 1760
Width: 52" 131 cm
Height: 39" 99 cm
C.E. Russell, 'Some Rare Types of English Furniture', Old Furniture, A Magazine of Domestic Ornament, May 1929, p. 41. John Harris, ‘Sir William Chambers’ Architect to George III ’ Oct 1996
Architectural and furniture designs from China were assiduously promoted by Sir William Chambers in the mid part of the 18th Century, and the commission of this piece can be seen to be heavily influenced by this fashion.
The carving design shows the Chinese influences that were prevalent in English society at the time.