Carved hall chair

Carved hall chair


Mahogany carved hall chair, c1830, the back in the form of a pair of scrolls.


  • This carved hall chair, dating from the second quarter of the 19th century, is a good quality mahogany hall chair, designed to act as a waiting chair in a grand hallway for people waiting admittance to a drawing room on making a house call.

    Hall chairs apper from the early to mid-18th century, with Thomas Chippendale introducing designs for them into his 'The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director' of 1754, William Kent producing designs and Thomas Sheraton and George Hepplewhite also publishing variations in their works.  This chair is an adaptation of a Gillows of Lancaster design of a scrolled cartouche back, with reeded legs.  The form of the legs with a hint of an Egyptian lotus bud column, helps date the chairs as being influenced by the Egyptian revival which followed on from the British Naval victory at the Battle of the Nile in 1798 and were made popular by interior and furniture designers such as Thomas Hope.


    • Height approx. 92cm to top of back
    • Height approx.  46cm to seat
    • Width at widest part approx. 41cm
    • Depth approx. 39cm


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