A rare and important English early 19th century Officer's library or desk armchair of Klismos form, in mahogany.


Circa 1800.


The chair is of broad proportions, having a curved tablet back and raised on four sabre-shaped legs, the front legs extend and scroll at the top to form armrests, flanking a down squab cushion. Traditionally upholstered in bottle green mohair velvet with gold accents.


Why we love it


The form of this chair relates to ancient Greek Klismos chairs, introduced circa 500 BC, and revived in the 18th century by Thomas Hope, a connoisseur and collector turned designer.



Christie's London, 6 April, 2000, Lot 110, (£28,200).

Rare Regency Officer's Klismos Armchair

  • Width: 26.5 in / 67.5 cm
    Depth: 25.75 in / 65.5 cm
    Height: 32.5 in / 82.5 cm

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