A superb Irish George II style armchair in walnut.

The serpentine toprail centered by acanthus husks, above finely carved and incised interlaced splat. The generously proportioned seat raised on graceful cabriole front legs, with shell carving to the knees and distinctive, realistically carved horse hooves.

Unlike other mass-produced Georgian revival chairs, this chair was commissioned by Rufus Daniel Isaacs, the Viceroy of India in 1921-26, to match the original early 18th c. chairs; it stands out for its bespoke quality and superb craftsmanship.

1920 - Rufus Daniel Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading, Twyford Lodge;
1954? - Sir Reginald Louis Secondé

Bonhams Charlottesville (USA) sale, 9 May 2015, Lot 383
Cescinsky H., English Furniture of the 18th Century, Vol. II, London 1910, pp. 37, 176


A set of nearly identical chairs, but with drop-in seats, is at Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland, England.

Important Irish George II Style Walnut Armchair

  • For further information please see our blog entry from November 15, 2015

  • Height: 37.25 in / 94.5 cm 
    Seat height: 18 in / 46 cm
    Width: 24.25 in / 62 cm
    Depth: 23 in / 58.5 cm

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