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19th Century 'Riband Back' Chippendale Mahogany Armchair in Mohair Velvet

$6,800Asking Price


An exquisite mid-19th century mahogany carver signed by Wright & Mansfield after designs by Thomas Chippendale. The pierced carved splats exhibit ribbons and acanthus and C scrolls while the sinuous arms extend forward terminating in finely scrolled ends. The chair sits on robust cabriole legs with knee and bracket carving ending in full, deeply carved French scroll feet. The seat is covered in a lustrous golden olive mohair velvet. Executed after plates for "riband back" chairs in Chippendale's "The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director" from 1754, these delicate designs proved to difficult for most 18th century carpenters. These designs experienced a revival after 1860. This Fine example comes from one of the finest furniture makers of 19th century Britain, having received the gold medal from Napoleon III at the 1867 Paris Universelle Exposition. Wright & Mansfield's authenticity extended beyond design and reproduced 18th century construction methods. This chair is a remarkable example of the firm's observation of 18th century form and sensibility. The carving of the splat and knees are first rate, and the its composition as an armchair makes the piece highly desirable.


  • Creator
    Wright and Mansfield (Cabinetmaker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 41 in. (104.14 cm)Width: 27 in. (68.58 cm)Depth: 21 in. (53.34 cm)Seat Height: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)
  • Style
    Chippendale (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Original finish, minor scuffing to knees, small section of seat bracket missing from right side. Velvet is lightly worn.
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU255336942043

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    Ships From: Brooklyn, NY
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