A very generous armchair,
the concave crestrail carved with a tight paperscroll suspending a draped fringed cloth and three tassels,
above a pierced splat centering an interlaced knot within a band of stylized and pierced flowerheads;
sided by shaped arms ending in tightly scrolled out-curing handholds, having trapezoidal stuff-over seat,
all raised on square molded and chamfered legs ending in casters and connected by pegged H-form stretchers;
upholstered in Scalamandre silk over horsehair and unmilled cotton
Note : The decorative elements on this chair are indicitive of mid-18th century Scottish design.
These distinctive Scottish signatures include :
* "the dished cresting with 'roller' (that is a tightly scrolled rail that resembles a rolled piece of paper),
thistle shaped tassels (in this case fringing a carved cloth draped over the cresting);
and interlace carving on the central crescent.
The plain holes drilled through the splat are also a common characteristic of Scottish chairs of this date"
A set of four chairs with an almost identical carved crestrails and splats sold at Bonhams Edinburgh,
Stobhall, Property of Viscount Strathallan, 2012, lot 400,
with references to Catalog of Furniture at Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall,
Christopher Gilbert, cat. nos. 64 and 65.,
these attributed to Alexander Peter on the basis of the legs and horizontally pierced stretchers.
The only splat design variations to the Stobhall chairs are the lower finishing to the splat upper C-scrolls.
Those particular seats were rounded, and the straight legs diamond-pierced.
* Bruce Addison, Bonhams Edinburgh
Condition : Excellent with normal nicks and scratches appropriate to age and usage;
refinished but with excellent color
38" high x 17.5" Wide x 25" Deep / Seat Height, 18" at crest