An Impressive Pair of Regency Style Bergére Chairs
A pair of early C19th style armchairs of great scale and style, standing on slender turned front legs with brass cup castors, and miraculous, expressive out-swept back legs, retaining a nicely distressed ivory painted finish with dark green outlines. The rectangular back, arms and seat are traditionally upholstered with hand stitched horse-hair, and covered in beautiful vintage raw silk and linen stripe with crepe float tufts, having the highly unusual feature of hinged drop-down arms, in a campaign style, retained with brass coach bolts. English, C20th, a private commission but precise date of manufacture unknown. A comparative reference, from which inspiration for these chairs has clearly been sought in an original Georgian chair found in Aubrey House, decorated by Chester Jones, can be seen in: Russell, H, The Interiors of Chester Jones, Merrell Publishing, London – New York, 2014, p.133.