FINE QUEEN ANNE IRISH CUBAN MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIR
Shell carved crest over a solid vasiform splat sided by shaped stile, the trapezoidal slip seat
with narrow shaped front seat rail, and raised on cabriole front legs having shell-carved knees and
bellflower drops, the front legs ending in pad feet, the rear legs with block endings connected by vase
and block side stretchers and by a double-cyma curved medial stretcher
Cuban mahogany was both rare and expensive in United Kingdom until 1724, when high tariffs
placed on all imported woods, including mahogany, were abolished. Due to the expense, very little mahogany
had been imported into England prior to 1725. The form of this chair predates that repeal by a few years.
Condition: Excellent; mellow old surface; old minor repairs; replaced seat frame
The proper Irish attribution is with assistance of a Boston collector. The placement is based on
the shapes of the stretcher and crest rail, and the style of the carved shell on the crest rail and knees.
For references, please see Irish Furniture, by Desmond Fitzgerald, the Knight of Glin, and James Peill.
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