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( Above Photo: Gainsborough Arm Chair Deep Button Georgian )
Gainsborough Chairs were designed and created during the George II era. They were named after Thomas Gainsborough, a British portraitist and artist who utilized the chair in having people pose for portraits.
The comfortable chair was undoubtedly great when helping Gainsborough's subjects take poses for substantially longer. Gainsborough chairs had other names, including the French Chair as named by Thomas Chippendale.
Regardless of its name, the Gainsborough chair is incredibly comfortable and suitable you the living room or library. They work well in pairs, but that doesn't mean having one isn't good enough.
( Above Photo: Pair Gainsborough Arm Chairs - Mahogany Seat Chair )
Gainsborough chairs are simplistic and yet have some impressive features. The chair was designed and created by Giles Grendey, becoming an iconic emblem of Gainsborough portraits. Here are some of the chairs' features:
Rectangular leather-upholstered backrest, which is cleverly curved to the shape of the back
Outswept upholstered armrests with carved supports with acanthus decorations
A square upholstered seat
Cabriole legs with intricate carvings of an acanthus bracket with a flower head
A rail with inscriptions of the designer's initials
Made from rosewood, mahogany, or walnut
Open armrest sides
( Above Photo: Pair Deep Button Leather Gainsborough Arm Chairs )
Giles Grendey, the designer and creator of Gainsborough chairs, was born and bred in Wooton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire. Until 1716, when he became a freeman, Grendey was an apprentice to Willian Sherborne, a London joiner.
He left the apprenticeship in 1716 and established a joinery and cabinet-making business in London. In 1726, the firm had grown big enough to accept apprentices. Three years later, he was elected to the Joiners' Company's Livery.
Grendey established a workshop at St. Paul's Covenant Garden, where he worked for decades. Then, in 1772, he moved to St. John's Square, Clerkenwell, where his business became a significant furniture exporter.
Even though Grendey made chairs for a vast clientele, including those abroad, some notable individuals were ready to pay a premium to acquire his furniture.
One is Richard Hoare, who lived in Barns Elms, Surrey. In 1723, he bought chimney glasses, dressing glasses, a 'Wrighting Disk,' a "Burrow Table, and a chest of drawers.
Having fallen in love with Grendey's furniture, Hoare returned to buy several chairs, incurring $46 in his account between 1746 and 1756.
Another notable Grendey client is Kedleston Hall's Lord Scarsdale and Sir Jacob de Bouverie, who lived in Longford Castle.
Hon. George Shirley's had a set of Gainsborough chairs at Ettington Park, Warwickshire. After Shirley died in 1787, the collection of chairs remained at the house until someone else acquired them in a house sale in 1946.
( Above Photo: Pair Gainsborough Arm Chairs Mahogany Antique )
There are many reasons to have Gainsborough chairs in your home. First, the chair is comfortable and great for relaxing in the living room or utility purposes in the library or home office.
It is beautifully designed with intricate carvings on the arms and legs. The chair is made from durable walnut or mahogany and features leather upholstery. It can easily act as a focal point anywhere in your home.
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