circa 1805 - 1815
An early 19th century Regency Mahogany period desk chair. The chair back with two reeded channels and an upholstered back features circular reeded roundels to the sides. Below the back panel sits a crisply carved and shaped panel depicting scrolls and relief carving above the stuff over seat. The rack backed arms with 'C' scrolls and relief carving are crisp and sit above a carved frieze. The square floral panels that flank the piped style carving seat rails are of quality. The desk chair stands on elegantly turned and carved tapered front legs with out-swept rear legs and terminates on gilt brass cap castors.
George Smith was cabinet and furniture maker to His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, and he published furniture designs that helped define the Regency style. Smith was most well known for cabinet making and upholstery during the first quarter of the 19th century and was spoken of in the same breath as contemporaries Henry Holland and Thomas Hope. He made furniture in a wide, eclectic range of tastes based generally on the late neo-classical style, but also including neo-gothic style work and chinoiserie. He produced several pattern books the first being 'A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration.' George Smith in his seminal 1808 publication ‘A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture’ interpreted and popularised the somewhat austere designs delineated in Thomas Hope’s earlier publication, ‘Household Furniture’, and Peter & Michael Angelo Nicholson’s work, ‘The Practical Cabinet-Maker, Upholsterer and Complete Decorator’.
Other Influences of Design:
Peter & Michael Angelo Nicholson furniture designed and produced by the Nicholsons. Peter Nicholson (1765-1844) trained as a cabinet maker in Edinburgh before moving to London at the age of twenty-three, later practising as an architect and writing many text books on carpentry, building, perspective and mathematics. His son Michael Angelo (c.1796-1842) worked with his father and in 1826 they collaborated to produce a much acclaimed book, ‘The Practical Cabinet Maker’, which illustrated the rich profusion of naturalistic leaf carving blended with classical motif, so typical of their work.
Height 91.00cm (35.83 inches)
Width 57.00cm (22.44 inches)
Depth 61.00cm (24.02 inches)
Stock No: 11175