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Chinese Chippendale Gainsborough Armchair

It has become difficult to find well-preserved examples of that staple item, the Georgian Library chair. We have one fine specimen, with a humped back (thus earning it the soubriquet ‘Gainsborough’), nicely curved arms, well-raked back legs and overall generous proportions. The polished show-wood on the arms and legs is all decorated with blind-fret lozenges of the type made popular by Thomas Chippendales ‘Chinese’ designs. Interestingly, the stretchers between the legs are not in an ‘H’ configuration but in a ‘U’ and are elegantly shaped.

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