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Vintage Set of Eight Carolean Style Oak Dining Chairs

$3,635.90Asking Price

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This is an impressive set of eight vintage high back oak dining chairs of Carolean design and dating from the second half of the 20th century. Comprising six side chairs and two armchairs, retailed by Merryweather & Son, of Holloway, London and bearing their brass plaque. The chairs are made of solid oak and have been masterfully hand carved with barley twist columns, crowns, putti and ornamental scrolls. They have caned backs and seats and stand on moulded scroll legs with carved H-pattern stretchers. They have fabulous colour and patina and are in superb condition. Add a touch of class to your home with this exceptional set of vintage oak dining chairs. Condition: In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation. Dimensions in cm: Height 124 x width 66 x depth 70 - Armchair. Height 117 x width 50 x depth 57 - Chair. Dimensions in inches: Height 4 feet, 1 inch x width 2 feet, 2 inches x depth 2 feet, 4 inches - Armchair. Height 3 feet, 10 inches x width 1 foot, 8 inches x depth 1 foot, 10 inches - Chair. Carolean style also known as Restoration style, (from the Latin Carolus (Charles), refers to the decorative arts popular in England from the restoration of the monarchy in 1660-late 1680s after Charles II (reigned 1660–1685). The return of the king and his court from exile on the Continent led to the replacement of the Puritan severity of the Cromwellian style with a taste for magnificence and opulence and to the introduction of Dutch and French artistic influences. These are evident in furniture in the use of floral marquetry, walnut instead of oak, twisted turned supports and legs, exotic veneers, cane seats and backs on chairs, sumptuous tapestry and velvet upholstery and ornate carved and gilded scrolling bases for cabinets. Restoration silver is characterized by embossed motifs for tulips and naturalistic fruit and leaves. New types of furniture introduced in this period include cabinets on stands, chests of drawers, armchairs and wing chairs and day beds. The growing power of English East India Company resulted in increased imports of exotic commodities from China and Japan, including tea, porcelain and lacquer, and chintzes from India. This led to a craze forchinoiserie, reflected on the development of imitation lacquer (Japanning), blue and white decoration on ceramics, flat-chased scenes of Chinese-style figures and landscapes on silver and new forms of silver as teapots, as well as colourful Indian-style crewelwork bed-hangings and curtains. Other developments in the Restoration period were the emergence of the English glass industry, following the invention of lead glass by George Ravenscroft around 1676, and the manufacture of slipware by Thomas Toft. After the accession of William III and Mary II in 1689, Restoration style was superseded by William and Mary style. Oak is a tree or shrub in the genus Quercus - Latin "oak tree" having approximately 600 extant species. Oak wood has a density of about 0.75 g/cm3, great strength and hardness, and is very resistant to insect and fungal attack because of its high tannin content. It also has very appealing grain markings, particularly when quartersawn. Oak wood is very durable, easy to maintain and resistant to wear and tear which is why it can be easily handed to the next generations if taken well care of. Oak wood virtually lasts forever and you can still admire oak furniture in museums and palaces even if it was made many centuries ago. Oak has been prized since the Middle Ages for use in interior panelling of prestigious buildings such as the debating chamber of the House of Commons in London and in the construction of fine furniture.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 48.82 in. (124 cm)Width: 25.99 in. (66 cm)Depth: 27.56 in. (70 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 8
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1770-1779
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1975
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 059931stDibs: LU95065753153

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