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Open armchair

manner of George Smith (London c.1786-1826)

Category

Furniture

Date

circa 1810

Materials

Ebonised and parcel gilt beech, cane back and seat

Measurements

87 x 59 x 63 cm

Place of origin

London

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Collection

Mount Stewart, County Down (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Mount Stewart, County Down, Northern Ireland, National Trust

NT 1542392.11

Summary

One of a set of twelve ebonized beech, parcel gilt and caned open armchairs, London, circa 1810, after a design by George Smith (1786-1826). The curved top rail above a caned panel and with a turned carved stretcher below, the arms held by leopard monopodia supports which continue the front legs, carved to the chests with anthemion designs and with a caned seat and splayed sabre back legs. The ebonized and parcel gilded decoration refreshed. Some chairs stamped 'EW'

Full description

These chairs with the leopard head monopodia and anthemion designs display the influence of the Regency designs of George Smith (c.1786-1826). Smith’s designs were widely distributed in his pattern book of 1808, ‘A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration’, in which he proudly declared himself the ’upholder extraordinary to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales’. See page plate 55 for similar design features. (James Weedon 2017)

Provenance

On loan from the Estate of the Marquess of Londonderry

Credit line

Estate of the Marquess of Londonderry

Makers and roles

manner of George Smith (London c.1786-1826), furniture designer

References

Smith, George 'A collection of Designs for Household Furniture' London 1808

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