A QUEEN ANNE WALNUT AND BEECH ARMCHAIR
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A QUEEN ANNE WALNUT AND BEECH ARMCHAIR

EARLY 18TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY IRISH

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A QUEEN ANNE WALNUT AND BEECH ARMCHAIR
EARLY 18TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY IRISH
With an arched back and outscrolled arms, the upholstered seat covered in associated polychrome floral petit-point needlework, on moulded and scroll-carved cabriole legs and raked beech back legs joined by curved stretchers, one back leg spliced, the back stretcher replaced probably in the early 19th century
Provenance
Acquired from Jeremy Ltd., 21 February 1984.
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Lot Essay

This chair has small wooden 'wedges' or pegs on the underside of the stretcher to strengthen the join of the stretchers to the back leg. This is a characteristic of Irish furniture. Chairs in Ireland continued to have stretchers long after its use was abandoned by English chair-makers (The Knight of Glin and James Peill, Irish Furniture, Woodwork and Carving in Ireland from the Earliest Times to the Act of Union, New Haven & London, 2007, p. 200, fig i, p. 215, cat.no. 48).

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