Mahogany Arm Chair

3 ft, lj ins. from floor to top of back.

I ft. II ins. across front of seat.

Date about 1785-90.

of this settee is of hard mahogany, carved with flutes, paterae, and pendant fuchsia flower. For accuracy of proportion and dignity of style, this dainty settee is an inimitable specimen of the period from 1780 to 1790.

Fig. 194 is a seat, shaped 011 the back to fit a semicircular bay. The framing is of beech, now painted black, but probably japanned and parcel-gilt in the original instance. The seat is upholstered, the back and sides being caned. These cane-backed settees were usually fitted with loose squab cushions, taped 011 the backs and tied through the interstices of the caning.

Fig. 204. MAHOGANY CHAIR.

3 ft il ins. from floor to top of back. I ft. 9 ins. acros» front of seat. I ft. 5! ins. depth' of seat. I ft. 61 ins. from floor to top of seat. Date about 1785-90.

The whole design of this seat, although possessing details which are obviously Adam in inspiration, is characteristic of Hepplewhite, especially noticeable on the pattern of the turned front legs and the inward curving of the seat rail on the front.

  1. 195 is what Hepplewhite styles a " barback sofa," and figures in all three editions of the Guide. Some allowance must be made for the bad draughtsmanship, which has distorted each chair-back and represented the front legs of inadequate thickness to support the weight of a sitter, otherwise this design is typically Hepplewhite in character, showing the shield-baluster-
  2. 204. MAHOGANY CHAIR.

3 ft il ins. from floor to top of back. I ft. 9 ins. acros» front of seat. I ft. 5! ins. depth' of seat. I ft. 61 ins. from floor to top of seat. Date about 1785-90.

back which he used with such effect in his chairs. The following is the description of this piece as given in the Guide :—

" Plate 26 is a design for a bar-back sofa ; this kind of sofa is of modern invention ; and the lightness of its appearance has procured it a favourable reception in the first circles of fashion. The pattern of the back must match the chairs ; these also will regulate the sort of framework and covering."

These chair-back settees became very popular during the years from 17S0 to 1795. They were usually made from satinwood or beech, japanned

Fig. 205. MAHOGANY ARM CHAIR.

3 ft. 3 ins. from floor to top of back. I ft. 10 ins. across front of seat. 1 ft. 7 ins. outside depth of seat. Dntp nhniit 17S0.

Fig. 205. MAHOGANY ARM CHAIR.

3 ft. 3 ins. from floor to top of back. I ft. 10 ins. across front of seat. 1 ft. 7 ins. outside depth of seat. Dntp nhniit 17S0.

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