A Set of Twelve Satinwood Dining Chairs

A Set of Twelve Satinwood Dining Chairs
A Set of Twelve Satinwood Dining ChairsA Set of Twelve Satinwood Dining Chairs
Height: 37" 94cm
Width: side: 21" 54cm arm: 22 1/2" 57cm
Depth: side: 22" 56cm arm: 23" 58cm
Origination: English
Circa: 1775

The chairs conform to a known model of which examples are illustrated in numerous textbooks indicating that this was an extremely popular design.  In most instances, they are made of mahogany. In fact, it is rare to find a set of satinwood dining chairs and to find twelve is remarkable.

With regard maker, although a very similar chair is illustrated in Marked London Furniture which is inscribed and dated ‘Green 1791’. The entry for Green states that the chairs ‘…are of London quality, but it is impossible to say which of several eligible makers might have made them’.  If one were to speculate, a case might be made for the firm of Seddon. The architectural form of the chair’s back, the use of satinwood and the painted decoration are all characteristics of their work.

Provenance
Sir Charles John James Hamilton, Bt. 1810-1892
Trebinshun House, Wales.
The Hamilton Baronetcy, of Trebinshun House in the County of Brecknock, was created in the Baronetage of Great Britain on 26 August 1776 for John Hamilton, a Captain in the Royal Navy who distinguished himself at the Battle of Quebec in 1775.

Reference
C. Gilbert, Marked London Furniture, 1700-1840. pg. 238
P. Macquoid, A History of English Furniture, Vol.4 Fig 175
M. Harris, Centenary Book, pg. 82
E. Joy, The Country Life Book of Chairs. Fig.59 pg.60

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