The cartouche shaped upholstered splat sided by sinuously shaped arms
terminating in rounded out-curving handgrips over forward-curving upright supports,
the broad oval upholstered seat raised on front cabriole legs ending pad feet,
the tapering back legs outsplaying and with a strong backward rake, also ending in pad feet;
nicely upholstered in gold strie velvet
This upholstered armchair, with its cartouche form shaped back, relates to several examples
illustrated in Robert W. Symonds monumental work, English Furniture from Charles II to George II,
illustrating examples from the collection of Percival D. Griffiths of Sandridgebury.
The Griffiths collection is considered the greatest collection of early English walnut and mahogany furniture ever assembled.
Plates 29 and 30 show chairs with upholstered backs,
and plates 90, 92, 93 and 94 show the basic form which was consistently used in the early years of the 18th-century
'Writing chairs' are discussed in The Dictionary of English Furniture, MacQuoid and Edwards.
(1927 edition, Vol. I, p. 231).
These rounded-seat chairs are akin to 'reading chairs', in which seating is toward the backrail,
and often having an adjustable reading easel mounted to the armrail.
For a 'reading chair' with a variation of this shaped upholstered back and raking back legs,
also see Vol. I, Macquoid and Edwards, p.226, Pl. 65.
Condition : Excellent, with wonderful color and patination
36.5" High x 26" Wide x 20" Deep / The Seat 18.5" High x 22" Wide