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Antique English Chippendale Style Mahogany Bench England circa 1895

An antique English Chippendale style mahogany bench of grand scale from England circa 1895. Please notice the wonderfully bold proportion of this impressive bench. The five legs each have a ball and claw foot made world famous by Thomas Chippendale, the preeminent furniture maker of eighteenth century England. Although he is associated most strongly with this design there is serious speculation that he was influenced by the Chinese porcelain he saw in his patron's houses where the Imperial dragon was always depicted grasping the pearl of wisdom in his claws. The upper section of each leg has a beautifully flared knee embellished with a large scallop shell with accompanying outlines around the shell. By using this technique the artisan of this bench ensured that as ambient light in the room played across the surface it would throw the carving into relief. Please note the scale of the padded and upholstered seat is also in keeping with the overall scale of the bench and the size of the legs. The unusual feature of this piece is that each corner is supported by a leg as is expected. In addition one side of the bench has an additional leg set in the centre of the side with a slightly different carved decoration. So seen from one side only two legs are visible while from the opposite side three legs are viewed. Of course the question that cannot be answered is why this configuration was chosen. Having five legs was obviously a custom choice by the original owner and very well was meant to reflect the original placement of the bench in front of a fireplace, in a hallway, behind a sofa or at the foot of a bed where seeing three legs was more desirable. This unique bench remains as useful and attractive as when it was first made and the beautiful cut velvet fabric in a Greek Key design adds to its overall presence and appeal.
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DIMENSIONS

54.00" w x 21.50" d x 22.50" h

137.16cm w x 54.61cm d x 57.15cm h

A Chippendale style mahogany bench of grand scale from England c.1895. Please notice the wonderfully bold proportion of this impressive bench. The five legs each have a ball and claw foot made world famous by Thomas Chippendale, the preeminent furniture maker of eighteenth century England. Although he is associated most strongly with this design there is serious speculation that he was influenced by the Chinese porcelain he saw in his patron's houses where the Imperial dragon was always depicted grasping the pearl of wisdom in his claws. The upper section of each leg has a beautifully flared knee embellished with a large scallop shell with accompanying outlines around the shell. By using this technique the artisan of this bench ensured that as ambient light in the room played across the surface it would throw the carving into relief. Please note the scale of the padded and upholstered seat is also in keeping with the overall scale of the bench and the size of the legs. The unusual feature of this piece is that each corner is supported by a leg as is expected. In addition one side of the bench has an additional leg set in the centre of the side with a slightly different carved decoration. So seen from one side only two legs are visible while from the opposite side three legs are viewed. Of course the question that cannot be answered is why this configuration was chosen. Having five legs was obviously a custom choice by the original owner and very well was meant to reflect the original placement of the bench in front of a fireplace, in a hallway, behind a sofa or at the foot of a bed where seeing three legs was more desirable. This unique bench remains as useful and attractive as when it was first made and the beautiful cut velvet fabric in a Greek Key design adds to its overall presence and appeal.