furniture maker: unknown;  upholsterer: Richard Bisgrove Art Upholsterer; 

circa 1815-circa 1830
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chairs, set of six, comprising of a set of four and a pair, turned and reeded front legs. The back legs splay in a klismos form (form based on ancient Greek furniture) from the seat rail to the foot. The apron of the chair is of mahogany veneer adhered on [oak] the back of the chair and rear legs appear to be fabricated from a single piece of mahogany. The upper section from the seat rail to the backrest is turned and reeded forming a column. The curved backrest (also derived from the klismos form) on four of the chairs is made from two pieces of timber which are glued together concealing a thinner piece of timber. two chairs, which appear to be older, have backrests made of single pieces of mahogany which are substantially thicker than on the remaining chairs. The top rail is curved and shaped so as to give greater solidity of form to the backrest. The backrests have flame mahogany inserts. The green horsehair upholstery is modern. It was noted that one column on the chair back of one the original two chairs has a turned column slightly larger in proportion than the other, suggesting that the chair back had been partially remade.
Maker and role
furniture maker: unknown
upholsterer: Richard Bisgrove Art Upholsterer
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Production date
circa 1815-circa 1830
Media description
Mahogany, flame Mahogany, green horsehair (recent)
830 x 465 x 510 mm
Measurement details
height: 830mm
width: 465mm
depth: 510mm
Credit line
Foundation Collection, 1989
Project credit line
This digital record has been made available on TJC Collection Online through a significant donation from the OPENING DOORS fund, the generous support of The Friends of The Johnston Collection, and Digitisation Champion Christine Bell
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