Chair (England), 1750–60
Carved and joined red walnut, silk damask (reproduction). Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund. 2006-5-1.
What is this?
The pierced back splat and crest carved in rococo style with foliate decoration; the knees of the front cabriole legs with carved rococo foliate scroll decoration descending to hairy paw feet. The tapered and raked rear legs with stretcher between. Upholstery replaced.
Why is this important?
This example may have been made for a Scottish or Irish patron, as the rococo carving is deeper than on most English chairs. It resembles designs from the 1750s published by Robert Manwaring. Few maker names are known, however, as British furniture was rarely signed and published designs provided models for many makers.