Set of Four Mid-19th Century Hepplewhite Style Painted Chairs with Cane Seat
Use this colorful set of carved, antique chairs around a game table or breakfast table. Crafted in England, circa 1850, each delicate chair has tapered legs, and an oval back with a hand painted center medallion. The central medallion is further embellished with graceful, floral swags and curling ribbon decor. The wide seat is upholstered with hand caning and the legs feature hand painted floral decorations. All four chairs have their original, neutral paint finish in a beige and off-white palette. The elegant set is in excellent condition commensurate with age and use, with a rich patinated painted finish.
Hepplewhite chairs have simple geometric shapes, usually curved or circular. Sofa and chair arms curve outward, seats have rounded fronts, and chair backs are usually shaped like ovals or shields.
George Hepplewhite (1727? – 21 June 1786) was a cabinetmaker. He is regarded as having been one of the “big three” English furniture makers of the 18th century, along with Thomas Sheraton and Thomas Chippendale. There are no pieces of furniture made by Hepplewhite or his firm known to exist but he gave his name to a distinctive style of light, elegant furniture that was fashionable between circa 1775 and 1800 and reproductions of his designs continued through the following centuries. One characteristic that is seen in many of his designs is a shield-shaped chair back, where an expansive shield appeared in place of a narrower splat design.
Measures: 21.25″ W x 17″ D x 38.75″ H.
|Dimensions||21.25 × 17 × 38.75 in|